Reg E. Cathey has been cast as father of Sue and Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot directed by Josh Trank.
The Hollywood Reporter has the story that Cathey will be playing Dr. Franklin Richards, a scientist, which means that we’re getting the Ultimate Comics version of the story (in the Prime/616 version of Marvel Franklin Richards is a Doctor). Cathey is probably best known from his days on The Wire and more recently as Freddy on House of Cards.
I’m not entirely jazzed that they’re doing the Ultimate Fantastic Four Story (it’s not as good as the original) but this is a pretty great addition to an already pretty great cast (Kata Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell are Sue, Reed, Johnny, and Ben respectively).
So the question now is how will the internet respond to this? There was already a pretty vocal “_we’re totally not racist but…” contingent when Michael B. Jordan was announced as Johnny Storm and the internet thought he’d be the adopted brother of Sue Storm, but now it looks like Sue will be the adopted sister. Personally I think it shouldn’t be a thing at all but it’s the internet so it probably will be.