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Michael B. Jordan in talks for “Fantastic Four”?

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Only days after it was reported that “Girls” star Allison Williams might be the running for the role of Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot, yet another name has entered the fray. This time it’s “Chronicle” star Michael B. Jordan who reportedly is in talks for a part in the new comic book film.

The Wrap is reporting that Trank is considering reuniting with his “Chronicle” star in the new movie. Jordan would play Johnny Storm, who was previously portrayed by Chris Evans. Between his work in TV shows like “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” and in films like “Chronicle” and “Fruitvale Station,” Jordan would be a huge asset for “Fantastic Four.”

Jordan has reportedly had “multiple meetings” with Fox about potentially taking the role. The Wrap writes that “Jordan’s chances depend on whether or not he has chemistry with the other actors up for the highly-anticipated movie.”

“Fantastic Four” is slated for a March 6, 2015 release date, though Fox has not officially greenlit the project. Principal photography is slated to begin in the fall. Jeremy Slater wrote the screenplay, with Seth Grahame-Smith coming in later to give it a once-over.

Would you like to see Jordan play Johnny Storm? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“Fantastic Four” reboot eyes Allison Williams

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“Girls” star Allison Williams could get her big breakout on the big screen in the upcoming reboot of “Fantastic Four.” Her name has appeared on a shortlist of actresses being considered for the role of Sue Storm.

Deadline has the news, though cautions that casting is “in the very early talking stages.” There are likely a whole slew more names on that list, though Williams’ is the only one to be released. At least this gives us a good idea of the type of woman Fox is looking to cast for the upcoming Josh Trank movie.

It seems like Trank won’t tap unknowns for this new film like he did in “Chronicle.” The first “Fantastic Four” movie starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis, all of whom were relatively well known at the time. This new take on the material looks like it’s going for a younger set of stars, though they likely will still be recognizable to audiences.

Seth Grahame-Smith was recently hired to do a polish on Jeremy Slater’s original script for the movie. “Fantastic Four” is described as “taking a grounded superhero and sci-fi approach to the heroes and will tap deep into the comics mythology.” It’s due in theaters on March 6, 2015.

Do you think Williams would make a good Sue Storm? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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10 That ’70s Show Quotes That Prove Red Is the King of Insults

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If finding new ways to work the phrase “dumbass” into everyday conversation was an art form, Red Forman would be Leonardo da Vinci. Never have the buttocks sounded more threatening then when coming from the snarled mouth of the man who took on Robocop. Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that prove that you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a signature Red Forman burn.

10. This is your brain on Red.

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9. Red’s book club.

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8. Serious burn.

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7. Red’s bite is worse than a bedbug.

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6. Red has more resume tips than LinkedIn.

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5. Burial plan on lockdown.

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4. Red’s driving school is open for business.

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3. What’s better than a burn? An octo-burn.

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2. A dumbass joke that uses math. Classic Red.

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1. The key to life is to avoid being a dumbass.

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Think those burns sting? Check out more That ’70s Show burns that are sure to leave a mark.

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