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‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams On Shortlist For 'Fantastic Four'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 30, 2013 5:08 PM
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Say what you will about "Girls" -- and people have no shortage of opinions on Lena Dunham's show -- the cast is pretty much uniformly excellent (Zosia Mamet forever) and one of those standouts is Allison Williams. Initially seen as the clean cut, rational and polar opposite to Hannah, the character of Marnie has gone on a fascinating journey, particularly as the less savory aspects of her personality have come to light. Talented, and yes, attractive as well, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking, and could she be making the leap to the tentpole world for one of her first feature film roles?

It's a bit buried, but Deadline reveals that the actress is on the shortlist for Fox's brewing "Fantastic Four" reboot, though they stress it's "in the very early talking stage." It probably means her name is one of a handful on a list in some executive's drawer, but still, it speaks to the profile "Girls" has given her. The reboot is set to be directed by "Chronicle" helmer Josh Trank, produced by Matthew Vaughn and penned by Seth Grahame-Smith, so it's certainly bringing some firepower. So, Allison Williams as Invisible Woman....thoughts? Fox has some time to make a decision as the movie isn't due until March 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, Williams won't just be sitting by the phone, as she's taken the lead in the forever developing "Rosaline." The movie, which has already seen Hailee Steinfeld and Lily Collins come and go, is based on Rebecca Serles’ recently published novel "When You Were Mine," and retells the "Romeo & Juliet" story in a contemporary high school, and pitches it through the eyes of Rosaline, the unseen girl Romeo is lovestruck by at the beginning of the play. It's been adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("(500) Days of Summer” and “Pink Panther 2”), and "The Vow" director Michael Sucsy will get behind the camera. Here's hoping they've updated it to college setting, because Williams in high school? Sorry, don't buy it.

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  • Jessica | June 5, 2013 8:28 AMReply

    Alot of fans, from what I see on forums, are envisioning a cast in their 30's or close to their 30's. Which would be more accurate to the comics. If these rumors are true then Fox is looking to cast actors in their 20's. Personally I'd like to see Alice Eve as Susan Storm and Garrett Hedlund as Johnny Storm.

  • Joe | June 5, 2013 8:15 AMReply

    I like Alison Williams. I think she'd be a perfectly good Sue Storm.

  • Jeff Mclachlan | May 2, 2013 1:47 AMReply

    Wow, the mean girls really come out for these kinds of articles, don't they?

  • Alan B | May 2, 2013 3:39 AM

    This is nothing. You should check out ANY Deadline article related to 'Girls'. You would think that Dunham and co. went around biting the heads off kittens or something.

  • Matt | May 1, 2013 9:08 AMReply

    This is obviously being pushed by her high-paid publicist. No film ever announces that an actress/actress is a finalist for a role. She's a sinking ship. Let go, boys.

  • Real | April 30, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    I know people in their 20s play teenagers all the time in Hollywood and it's usually believable but Alison Williams is most definitely not one of those actresses who can pass for a teenager. She's very pretty but already looks older than her actual age.

    Looks like Sue Storm is going to suck in this reboot again. I agree with the poster below. Why don't they cast older for this character?

  • Jeff Mclachlan | May 2, 2013 1:46 AM

    There's a prologue with two of the characters as teenagers. That's it.

  • Sean | April 30, 2013 6:23 PM

    I don't think they're doing the teen aspect because that news came from Latino Review and they've been right on maybe one item before.

  • Lucy | April 30, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    Nepotism is a powerful thing. She's so bland, I doubt anyone would care about her if it weren't for her father.

  • yer | April 30, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    She isn't a very good actress. Her skills the role in Girls because its tailor made for her, but I can't see her doing much outside aside from looking pretty.

  • mour | May 1, 2013 11:36 AM

    agreed, reminds me of january jones going from mad men to x-men

  • Sean | April 30, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    This feels like Alba all over again.
    Get a hot young woman with minimal acting skills and hope to god that it pulls in a certain demographic.
    I think they should make pass on the 20 year olds and cast for the proper again. Maybe go for Elizabeth Banks or Charlize Theron.

  • Max | April 30, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    Her publicist is working overtime. Nice try, though.

  • oogle monster | April 30, 2013 9:02 PM

    Hahahaha omg she is kind of the new Blake Lively. Except Fantastic Four seems more like Williams' level- Lively was HARDCORE reaching with Gatsby, SLP, TDKR, etc.

  • Trinny | April 30, 2013 5:49 PM

    She's the new Blake Lively.

  • klartsborough | April 30, 2013 5:25 PM

    Seriously, who wrote this?

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