According to Jeff Sneider’s The Insneider, Abbott and Dornan were both flown to London prior to the start of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike to secretly screen test for the role of Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards.
Abbott and Dornan’s screen tests did “not go very well,” according to Sneider. Other actors who were rumored to previously be considered for the part include Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Driver, and more.
On November 15, 2023, /Film reported that The Mandalorian and The Last of Us’ Pedro Pascal had officially signed on to play Reed in Matt Shakman’s upcoming MCU film. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, however, said that Pascal’s casting was not yet a done deal and may be dependent on his schedule.
While Marvel has yet to confirm anything at this time, the most prominent rumors suggest that Pascal will be joined in the film by Vanessa Kirby as the Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Joseph Quinn as the Human Torch/Johnny Storm, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as the Thing/Ben Grimm.
What have Christopher Abbott and Jamie Dornan starred in?
Abbott is known for 2018’s First Man, 2020’s Possessor, 2022’s Sanctuary, and 2023’s The Crowded Room. Along with starring alongside Willem Dafoe and Emma Stone in Poor Things, Abbott is also starring in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie, which releases in the United States on August 30, 2024.
Dornan, meanwhile, is best known for playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. He’s also starred in 2021’s Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, 2021’s Belfast, and 2023’s A Haunting in Venice.
Fantastic Four currently has a May 2, 2025, release date from Marvel Studios.