Kate Mara is playing Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four film. She stars alongside Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell), and Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell).
Mara recently spoke about the film to Esquire and it gives us an idea on where they are going with the film.
How do you feel being the new Invisible Woman? It’s a big responsibility.
A: I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others. I understand that there are many fans of Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that. We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible.
Do you like comics?
A: I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.
What did you think when the audition for this movie? Were you nervous?
A: I was excited, but I only focused on doing the best I could. I think there are roles you get if that’s what needs to happen. I kept everything in perspective although expected to stay with the paper, because the movie has great actors like Michael B. Jordan (who will be the Human Torch).
I know, I know. I shouldn’t let things like this bother me and I am trying to keep an open mind about it, but the fact the plot is not going to be based on the history or published work of the Fantastic Four does leave me scratching my head.
That and the fact the film has been described as “real, gritty and grounded” just seems like it is moving further and further away from the Fantastic Four. However, Trank’s Chronicle was superb so I am hoping he can do it again with this one.
The film is due out on June 19, 2015.
What are your feelings about the new Fantastic Four film?