Sean Astin Almost Directed A ‘Fantastic Four’ Film & Approached Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera & Michael Chiklis For Roles

The Playlist | 6/21/2019 | Charles Barfield
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Almost 20 years ago, after actor-filmmaker Sean Astin finished his role in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he was looking for another project to tackle. And according to a new interview with Collider, Astin thought that project might have been “Fantastic Four.”

In the video below, you can hear Sean Astin talk about fighting to get his version of “Fantastic Four” made, while also jumping through hoops with folks at Fox. Things went from being a long shot to serious, when Astin started talking to the execs at the studio and they were actually giving him a shot to develop the film a little bit, starting with the script.

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Shortly thereafter, Astin started thinking about casting for the film. He was at a boxing match and saw Michael Chiklis. Astin said to the actor, “‘You’ve gotta play Thing … that part came down from God for you. You have to play this part.’”

From there, the “Lord of the Rings” actor thought he found his Sue Storm. At one point, he thought he’d go after Christina Aguilera, who he said could have...
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