Emily Blunt Shoots Down Fantastic Four Casting Rumors

In an interview, the actor says superhero content has been "exhausted."


In a recent interview, actor Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place: Part II) says despite persistent rumors online, she and husband John Krasinski (The Office) are not in negotiations with Marvel to co-star in the planned Fantastic Four film. In a clip posted online Tuesday, Howard Stern tries several times to hear whether Blunt even acknowledging internet rumors might indicate she may potentially be in the film, which is still a long way off.

"No one has received a phone call," Blunt said in the interview. "That is just people saying, 'Wouldn't that be great?' And that's it." Check out the two-minute portion of the conversation, in which Stern and Blunt discuss the rumors, below.

Again, despite reports of casting and filming, Deadline reported back in late February that Marvel has only begun meeting with rumors to explore a Fantastic Four movie--there is no plot, no script, no writers attached, no actors hired, and filming has not yet begun. Earlier this year, there were unsubstantiated rumors that a high-profile actress was heading to Australia to begin filming--and the internet does what it does best, and latched onto the notion that the A Quiet Place: Part II star and director couple were making this their next project.

Perhaps sensing that Blunt is perhaps protesting too much, Stern asked the actor whether she felt acting in a Marvel or DC film was "beneath her," which she immediately dismissed.

"It's not that it's beneath me. I loved Iron Man, and I wanted to work with Robert Downey Jr.," Blunt said, explaining about her decision to turn down the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2. "It would have been amazing, but I don't know if superheroes are for me. They're not up my alley. I think it's been exhausted."

That aside, here is some extra grist for the rumor mill: Despite Blunt's strong statements, she has a superhero movie in the pipeline, Ball and Chain. In it, she and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are to co-star in a '90s comic book adaptation about a couple that can only use their superpowers when they're together.

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