‘Fantastic Four’ Casts John Malkovich

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John Malkovich is the latest actor to join Marvel Studios’ The Fantastic Four, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Character details are being kept in the Negative Zone.

Fantastic Four stars Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Julia Garner is playing The Silver Surfer, while Paul Walter Hauser is among the cast in an undisclosed role.

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Fantastic Four has a release date of July 25, 2025 and hails from WandaVision director Matt Shakman, helming from a script from by Eric Pearson, Josh Friedman, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer. WandaVision‘s Peter Cameron has also worked on the script.

Fantastic Four is a cornerstone property for Marvel. Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby introduced the team with 1961’s Fantastic Four No. 1, a comic that launched the Marvel Universe that would grow to include an interconnected New York featuring various comic book heroes, such as Spider-Man and Daredevil. It previously was adapted for a pair of Tim Story-directed features in the 2000s, as well as Josh Trank’s disastrous 2015 movie. Roger Corman produced a B-movie version that was never released in the 1990s.

Malkovich adds an injection of prestige to the project. The respected actor earned Oscar nominations for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire, while his ’90s big screen work is remembered for high-concept films such as Being John Malkovich and Con-Air. Recent credits include The New Look, Ripley and Billions. He is repped by WME.

Deadline first reported the news.

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