Fantastic Four 2 Moved Back Following Star Wars Announcement

Following Walt Disney Pictures’ announcement earlier today that Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters on May 26, 2017, 20th Century Fox has made a quick decision to move back Fantastic Four 2 from June 2, 2017 to June 9, 2017. While it’s not a huge push back, it does give the superhero sequel a bit more breathing room. Warner Bros. Pictures, meanwhile, hasn’t said anything about The LEGO Batman Movie yet, as that film also previously set a release date of May 26, 2017.

In related news, you can view new photos from Fantastic Four, opening in theaters this August 7, in the gallery below.

An origin story said to be inspired largely by the “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comics (the first arc of which was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar with Joe Kubert illustrating), Fantastic Four offers a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. The story centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

“Marvel’s First Family” will include Whiplash‘s Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), “House of Cards” star Kate Mara as Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Fruitvale Station and Chronicle‘s Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and The Adventures of Tintin‘s Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell will also star as Doctor Doom alongside Reg E. Cathey (“The Wire”) as as Dr. Franklin Storm and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) as Harvey Elder, aka The Mole Man.