Miles Teller discusses Fantastic Four script

Miles Teller has spoken out about his role as Reed Richards - AKA Mr. Fantastic - in the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four .

Teller ( Footloose , That Awkward Moment , the upcoming Divergent ) will play the elastic-limbed leader of the foursome, with his appointment confirmed recently after months of speculation.

Speaking to IGN , Teller explained the appeal of the comic-book project, saying, "I didn't grow up really as a comic-book kid necessarily. Fantastic Four is my dad's favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank.

"I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at Chronicle , you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together - Michael B. [ Jordan ], Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell - I was very excited."

Admitting a certain skepticism towards comic-book movies, Teller went on to add, "I think what we're going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me. When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible supehero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four.

"It's a proper character and that's my favourite stuff to do."

The Fantastic Four opens in the UK on 18 June 2015.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.