During an interview with SFX British actor Nick Frost was mum about taking a role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, but jokingly stated he wanted to play Ben Grimm after discovering the role of the Rhino had been snatched up by Paul Giamatti in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Frost has broken out lately outside of the Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) with films like Pirate Radio and the upcoming dance comedy Cuban Fury with co-star Rashida Jones. She is currently linked as the front-runner for the role of The Wasp in Ant-Man. Nick is of course kidding here but if Pegg is taking roles in the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises, why shouldn’t Frost join one? I was impressed by Frost stepping up as the badass in The World’s End, hopefully this lands him action genre work.
“But which character would I be on screen? I don’t think there are many superheroes who are big men, essentially. Who do we have? I think my choices are really nil. I think Ben Grimm or the Rhino.” “Oh, then I could be Ben Grimm. Yeah, nice. Alright, I’m going to be Ben Grimm.”
As far was we know, Fox is still waiting for Fantastic Four script rewrites from Simon Kinberg before moving forward with casting and production announcements. Kinberg was recently announced to have a three year deal with 20th Century Fox and is expected to help them oversee their own Marvel universe, as he recently scripted X-Men: Days of Future Past and could also help with 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Only a hand full of names have been linked for it’s casting which includes Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, The Seventh Son, Pompeii), Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street), Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Fruitvale Station), the latter of which had been confirmed (but not officially) for the role of Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. All these linked actors were not expected to be up for Ben Grimm, giving the impression that one is still up for grabs.
We’ve previously heard from Nick Offerman about his desire to play Ben Grimm, and since he was almost unrecognizable in Sin City, we have to agree that would be an excellent choice for Grimm as well. Either way, Fox needs to be looking at both Offerman and Frost since they’re actually publicly interested in the role.
“But I’ve always gravitated toward Ben Grimm, The Thing of the Fantastic Four. The most great superheroes I think too highly of to dishonor them by casting myself in their shoes. I tend to prefer the more modern teams of misfits.”