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Miles Teller Promises a Less ‘Kitschy’ ‘Fantastic Four’

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Miles Teller Promises a Less ‘Kitschy’ ‘Fantastic Four’

In case fans had any doubt, star Miles Teller says Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot will have little in common with its 2005 predecessor.

“It’s different in every way,” the 27-year-old actor, who plays Mr. Fantastic, tells Vulture. “All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places.”

We really can’t let that “a lot older” comment go by without some number-crunching: The average age of 2005’s Fantastic Four was 31 compared to the new cast’s 28 — and Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan were older during filming than their 2005 counterparts, Jessica Alba and Chris Evans. But back to Teller:

“The tone of this film is completely different: We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into — X-Men: First Class is doing that. You’re dealing with these characters but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.”

Mr. Fantastic did mention one film that seems a bit counter to the assertion that audiences shy away from the “overly comic-book world.” “Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fresh take on it, I think people responded to that,” Teller says of the film, which stars a talking tree and raccoon. “In terms of where we are in the schedule, we’re playing the same weekend they were playing.”

Fantastic Four recently saw its release date shifted from June 19, 2015 to Aug. 7. That same time frame worked well for Guardians of the Galaxy, which has grossed more than $300 million domestically since its Aug. 1 premiere.

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