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Mila Kunis may just be tapped to play The Thing in the new “Fantastic 4” movie — that is … if you buy a rumor that’s running rampant on Twitter this morning.
A movie insider named @MyTimeToShineH — who’s credited with getting scoops before trade publications, and generally being in the know on superhero news — sent the bird app into a frenzy Friday when they claimed Mila was in talks to portray a female version of Ben Grimm.
They are looking at Jewish actors, both male AND female for The Thing in Fantastic Four. Mila Kunis is one of them
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) April 28, 2023
Grimm is the name of the dude in the comics who becomes The Thing … a giant orange rock figure who fights crime alongside Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the Human Torch.
MTTSH writes, “They are looking at Jewish actors, both male AND female for The Thing in Fantastic Four. Mila Kunis is one of them.” They added that the director of the upcoming 2025 flick, Matt Shakman, insisted Grimm be portrayed be a real-life Jewish actor … as the character is explicitly depicted as Jewish in the comic books, albeit in later iterations.
Now, in case it went over your head — The Thing is a male character … and has always been portrayed as such. Whether it was Chuck McCann in the ’90s cartoon, Michael Chiklis from the 2000s flick, or Jamie Bell from the 2010s version — The Thing’s known as a guy.
Now, however, based on this report — or gossip, more like — it sounds like Marvel’s possibly looking to switch things up with a little gender swap … or at the very least, considering it.
As you might imagine … Twitter users, by and large, aren’t reacting well to the news. The jokes are flying — and the consensus seems to be, if Kevin Feige and co. go down this road, much of the fanbase will turn their backs on the studio … as they view this as a step too far.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time a woman replaced a role usually played by a man — it notably happened in “Ghostbusters” … and more recently, in ‘Black Panther 2’ and “She-Hulk.” among other examples. Point is … it’s been done before, and sometimes with success.
As for Mila potentially being eyed for the job … she wouldn’t be half bad. Big star with name recognition and a good range of films under her belt, including action movies and comedies.
She’s certainly more than capable.