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RUMOR: Penn Badgley Was Approached To Play Reed Richards In Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’

Although D23 is around the corner, there are so many rumors and would-be scoops making their way onto the web that we may very well know most of Disney’s biggest announcement before they’re officially revealed.

Last week you might recall that our friends over at The Direct name dropped the director poised to bring the MCU’s version of the Fantastic Four to life. This evening, yet another piece of news about the highly anticipated project has dropped.

In the latest episode of the podcast Marvelvision, from the site Cinema Sangha, it’s revealed that You star Penn Badgley was approached to play Reed Richards in the new Fantastic Four film.

READ: ‘Fantastic Four’ Will Not be an Origin Story

The exchange begins with one of the hosts explaining how badly he’d love to see John David Washington (Tenet) in the role, before the other chiming in and saying that Marvel is aiming for a more “traditional” roster.

He says, “The guys that [Marvel’s] been talking to about it are all White guys. That guy from the show You, I mean, who probably has the role frankly – he’s a White guy.”

For those who aren’t so familiar with the hit Netflix series, Penn Badgley is the star. So without saying it directly, the hosts reveal that the actor has been approached for the role. While they do seem confident that Badgley could be the studio’s top choice, they each maintain their speculative tone.

Now, aside from the fact that this info has not been verified by a major trade or Marvel studios, because this is just one (arguably throwaway) line from a podcast, there is a chance that it may not be true. For that, we urge you to take it with a grain of salt.

With less than two weeks until D23 and a slew of official imminent announcements about all things Disney – including Marvel Studios – we think it’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed.

READ: Vegas Releases Casting Odds For Marvel Studios’ ‘Fantastic Four’

Last month during San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that their adaptation of the Fantastic Four will not be an origin story, but something akin to what they did when they brought Spider-Man into the MCU. “A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” he continues, “We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”

Marvel Studios has a panel at the bi-annual Expo on September 10. It is expected that the studio will reveal the new director and cast at the event, along with a plethora of new surprises, which could also include Deadpool 3The Mutants, and of course, the rest of Phase 6.

The DisInsider will be present at the D23 Expo so we will sure to continue providing up-to-date information on this project and many others as we receive it. Also, don’t forget to check our booth for photo ops, goodies, contests, and so much more.

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