Rumor: Matt Smith Offered Reed Richards Role In ‘Fantastic Four’

Hollywood is at a standstill right now with both the WGA and SAG strikes in full swing, so you’re not seeing any casting news or announcements. However, that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from grinding, especially when it comes to Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie. With names such as Adam Driver, Daveed Diggs, and Vanessa Kirby being tossed about to play Marvel’s First Family, a new rumor suggests the role of Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards has already been offered.

According to “scooper” Daniel Richtman (he’s someone who makes guesses, often very bad ones) the role of Reed Richard was offered to Doctor Who and Morbius actor Matt Smith before the SAG strike. Has Smith accepted the role? Who knows? And we probably won’t know anything for quite some time.

Smith’s name has been associated with this film before, so there could be something to this. I doubt it, though. Smith seems like a questionable move and not nearly enough of a big star to lead a franchise Marvel NEEDS to be a success.

Adam Driver has been the name talked about most for the Richards role, but he has supposedly passed on it already. Who knows if that’s even true.

Fantastic Four has a director in WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman and is scheduled for May 2nd 2025, although that could get pushed.


Travis Hopson
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