Marvel’s ‘The Fantastic Four’ Adds John Malkovich

John Malkovich

John Malkovich has joined Marvel‘s “The Fantastic Four” in an undisclosed role, Variety has confirmed. The veteran actor joins Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch) and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm, aka the Thing) as Marvel’s First Family, along with Julia Garner as Shalla-Bal, a version of the Silver Surfer, and Paul Walter Hauser.

Malkovich has brought his uniquely off-kilter acting style to bear in a prolific career spanning costume drama (like 1988’s “Dangerous Liasons”), studio thrillers (1993’s “In the Line of Fire”), cutting edge indies (1999’s “Being John Malkovich”), wackadoo sci-fi comedies (2005’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”) and animated family films (2014’s “Penguins of Madagascar”). Most recently, he has appeared in the Apple TV+ series “The New Look” and the Netflix series “Ripley.”

While his role remains a state secret, there are a suite of possible characters from the comics that he could embody, including Wizard (who leads a supervillain version of the Fantastic Four) and the Beyonder (a major figure within the larger multiverse saga).

Matt Shakman (“WandaVision,” “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”) is directing the film from a script by Eric Pearson, Josh Friedman, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer, with Peter Cameron (“WandaVision”) also contributing writing to the project. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige is producing.

“The Fantastic Four” is scheduled to open on July 25, 2025.

Deadline first reported the news.

From Variety US