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Saoirse Ronan and Kit Harington in the running for 'Fantastic Four'

By AFP RelaxnewsMovies - 11 October 2013 12:00 AM | Updated 12:17 PM

Saoirse Ronan and Kit Harington in the running for 'Fantastic Four'

The cast of the 'Fantastic Four' reboot is beginning to take shape as Fox gears up to audition a number of young stars.

Variety reports that British actors Kit Harington ('Game of Thrones') and Jack O'Connell are among producers' top picks for the role of Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic. The two will compete with Miles Teller ('Project X'), who had been cited in the past as a candidate to play the superhero.

To cast the film's female lead, the studios have reached out to the agents of Saoirse Ronan ('The Host'), Kate Mara ('House of Cards') and Margot Robbie ('The Wolf of Wall Street'). The three starlets are up for the role of Susan Storm, portrayed by Jessica Alba in the previous film adaptations of the 'Fantastic Four' comics. Michael B. Jordan ('Fruitvale Station') still seems likely to play the heroine's brother, Johnny Storm, known as "The Human Torch."

Fox has set up meetings and auditions with the young actors before officially greenlighting the 'Fantastic Four' project. The screenplay for the film is currently being re-written by Simon Kinberg, one of the writers behind 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

Josh Trank, who solidified his reputation with 'Chronicle', the low-budget superhero film released in 2012, will direct the feature, which could go into production as early as the first quarter of 2014.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel in 1961, the Fantastic Four made their way to the silver screen in 2005 and 2007 in two films directed by Tim Story. Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington were in the cast.