‘Fantastic Four’ Director Josh Trank Says Studio Blocked Him From Casting A Black Actress As Sue Storm

Josh Trank directed/wrote the 2015 film ‘Fantastic Four’ which made a little over $160 million worldwide. It was a pretty big film, with names like Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan attached.

But in a recent interview with Geeks of Color, Trank revealed his dream cast would have been more diverse.

He really wanted a black actress to play Sue Storm, but the studio pushed back on the idea, and instead, they went with Kate Mara.

I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm and a black Franklin Storm. But when you’re dealing with a studio on a massive movie like that, everybody wants to keep an open mind to who the big stars are going to be.

When it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.

Thinking back on the incident now, Trank feels a little embarrassed/ashamed that he didn’t walk away.

Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life, and those weren’t the values then or ever for me. Because I’m somebody who always talks about standing up for what I believe in, even if it means burning my career out, and I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue.

He shouldn’t beat himself up too much, considering he was still young and somewhat new to the industry. Heck, he’s only 36-years-old now.

It’s great that he’s speaking out about it though. We have to be honest with these things in order to improve in the future.

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