Marvel Studios could have gotten their Sue Storm finally cast if only Emma Stone did not turn down the chance to be the MCU’s Invisible Woman. More and more, the development of Marvel’s first family gets into focus as people are keen on finding out who plays whom in the much-awaited movie.
Finally, the Fantastic Four will come into the MCU, and everyone will have their ‘dream team’. Names have been reported to be in the running to be cast as Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm and Sue Storm.
The latest buzz in the industry floats the names of Adam Driver as Reed Richards and Daveed Diggs as Ben Grimm. There was even news about Antonio Banderas getting an offer for Galactus which clues in on the villain of the movie. Casting choices for Johnny Storm also feature quite a long list.
But what of Sue Storm? Recent news has listed Margot Robbie, Vanessa Kirby, among others and even Mila Kunis, who already shot the rumours down by saying she indeed isn’t in Fantastic Four, but she knows who is. By her statement, she didn’t, however, say which of the Fantastic Four characters she is pertaining to. In her words:
We went out to a deli and had lunch together and the next day I was somehow in Fantastic Four. I am not in Fantastic Four but I know who is.
Just over the weekend, we also learned about another actress whose name is NOT in Fantastic Four. But not because of the studio not thinking she would fit the role. In fact, reports say that the studio sought her out first.
Marvel Approached Emma Stone First For Sue Storm Role
According to Jeff Sneider in the recent episode of the Hot Mic with John Rocha, Marvel Studios approached Emma Stone for the role of Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Sneider said:
I’m told that they went to Emma Stone. And for 72 hours, Emma Stone was looking like Sue Storm.
The studio apparently offered the role to the Cruella star, who then negotiated a steep price for her talents. Sneider told:
Then Emma Stone, as she should because Emma Stone knows her worth she went like “I’m down to doing it but you gotta pay me, like $20M.”
She’s probably around the $20M mark for a movie like this.
To which Sneider basically said that the studio had to bow out because they couldn’t afford her. He shared:
I feel like, Emma Stone asked for too much money. And they were just like we can’t do it because we gotta have enough for the rest of the team.
He now believes that the studio is taking on a different route for casting the role. He mused:
We’ll see if Sue Storm ends up being a true movie star role, or someone who they go to for a rising star role which is probably where it’s headed.
Prior to disclosing the actress’ name, Sneider emphasized that Disney and Marvel have the intention to be more mindful of the production cost. He said:
Disney is looking to pull back in cost. …Bob Iger cuts budget.
I don’t think that Kevin Feige would go into this movie with $60M in talent costs. That is if you hire four $15M actors basically. I don’t know what that magic number is but I don’t think you can do $50 or $60M on talent for the four.
Emma Stone Turned Down Marvel’s Fantastic Four Sue Storm Offer
Just to be clear, even if something is getting active or gearing up, could still be weeks or even months before we have our four actors given how thorough the studio and Feige are.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 16, 2023
Because of this decline to Marvel’s offer, the hunt is still on for Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm. Earlier reports said that Marvel meant to cast Sue Storm first for the movie. Furthermore, the whole team depends on the Invisible Woman’s character to be set first. She was supposed to be the heart of the team.
John Rocha found it interesting that they are looking for an actress who can be the anchor of the movie to get things going but aren’t actually willing to cover the fee for it. He also wondered if the actors have the option to consider “points off the back end” where added income from royalties are in the contract. Anything from toys to merchandise collaterals that the actor could have a share from.
Sneider also doesn’t take away the possibility of the studio circling back to Stone eventually.
…and maybe they come back around to her. But I understand why they have to be cost-conscious.
Actress Stone is the 2017 Academy Award winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role from the movie La La Land as the character Mia. She also has a character from the pages of a comic book under her belt as Gwen Stacy to Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2. Her most recent film feature is Cruella, in which she played the eponymous fashion icon.
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