Finally the geniuses in Hollywood are making the greatest Saturday morning cartoon that ever existed into a full-length feature film: Hanna-Barbera’s version of the Fantastic Four’s Thing! Or at least that is what it seems like with the news that BILLY ELLIOTT actor Jamie Bell has been cast as the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing in Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
After a final rewrite to the script and a long casting process, Fox looks to have assembled the team for its “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell will join Michael B. Jordan in the latest installment in the comic book franchise. [SOURCE]
So we finally have a cast for CHRONICLE director Josh Trank’s FF and I am pretty cool with it. Michael B. Jordan is a really good young actor and should be able top pull off the happy-go-lucky jock aspect of The Human Torch; Miles Teller has an incredibly annoying energy as an actor but I have always found the character of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic to be a bit of an annoying dick so he might work for me; and a good rule of life is that Kate Mara makes everything better. So that leaves Jamie Bell as the one sticking point. Nothing about the lanky, British Bell screams tough, rough around the edges Jewish-American football standout from the mean streets of Yonkers, NY. So he might be able to pull off the voice work when he is transformed into the Thing but he is going to look really out of place up to that point.
But I will be damned if Bell doesn’t look like he would make a perfect Benjy Grimm from the ill-fated FRED & BARNEY MEET THE THING Saturday morning trainwreck from 1979 who would use his magic rings to do awesome things like stop folks from panicking at a picnic.
Yes, for some insane reason back in 1979, Marvel sold the rights to The Thing to Hanna-Barbera who promptly decided to place the character into a cartoon combo pack with The Flintstones where The Thing was a nerdy kid in high school who found some magic rings that turned him into a rock monster. It still makes very little sense to me. The rest of the Fantastic Four not only never showed up but weren’t even mentioned and all we got in the 13 episodes of this disaster was Benjy pining for his best friend Betty and being bullied by Betty’s rich douchebag boyfriend in between picnics, going camping and fighting assorted wild animals.
But it would be hilarious to see a live-action “Thing ring do your thing!” transformation scene.