Emmy Rossum Reflects on Losing Lead Role in 2015’s Fantastic Four: ‘It Was Devastating’

Emmy Rossum was one of the actresses in the running to play Sue Storm/Invisible Woman in 2015’s Fantastic Four reboot. But the Shameless star lost the role to Kate Mara, which probably doesn’t feel too bad now considering the massive failure of the film, but at the time, Rossum says she was “devasted.” And it’s understandable as the Fantastic Four are one of Marvel’s most popular characters, and Fox’s 2015 reboot was a second attempt at introducing them in a live-action film. It’s not an opportunity any interested actor would give up.

Emmy Rossum joined Josh Horowitz of the Happy Sad Confused podcast recently to talk about her limited series Angelyne, her Phantom of the Opera casting, and much more. Here’s what Rossum said when asked about her Fantastic Four audition:


“Yes, I did not get it. Devastated, utterly devastated. I remember where I was when I didn’t get it. I was with my now-husband on a beach somewhere, and I got the call that I didn’t get it, and I was pretty sure I didn’t get it because I did not feel that the screen-test went well. I just didn’t hook into that character at all, I didn’t understand the dialogue, I couldn’t sell it, I was like ‘I don’t know what to do with my lines, I can’t find my in here,’ but I was still…”

It appears the fans weren’t the only ones who couldn’t understand Fantastic Four, as Rossum states she too faced difficulty figuring out her dialogues. Fantastic Four was marred with behind the screen drama with director Josh Trank clashing with producers over the dark tone of the film and middling test screenings. Ultimately, the film underwent significant reshoots without Trank’s supervision, and the final product turned out to be an incoherent narrative mess. Trank wasn’t without fault either, as per Fox executives, and Kate Mara has also hinted at his disruptive behavior in a 2020 interview.

While Emmy Rossum may have dodged a bullet, she was very much looking forward to playing a superhero at the time due to the many perks.

“I think I did [want it]. “There’s part of me that thinks that that kind of transformation, when it works, is really fun. When it is Iron Man, when it is those things that feel like, they feel really unique, I think it can really work.”

Emmy Rossum Is Not A Bad Choice For Marvel’s Upcoming Fantastic Four Reboot

Marvel is planning to introduce the Fantastic Four into the MCU, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has already given fans a glimpse of a potential casting choice—John Krasinski as Reed Richards. Jon Watts recently departed from the film in favor of the Star Wars: Skeleton Crew series, so Fantastic Four may be a bit delayed, but Marvel’s first family is definitely arriving in the MCU. Emily Blunt is at the top of fans’ wishlist to play Sue Storm, along with Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, and Vanessa Kirby. Emmy Rossum can also be added to the list now as she has ample experience in big-budget movies and is yet to appear in any superhero movies, making her an ideal candidate for the role.

Emmy Rossum can currently be seen in Peacock’s limited series Angelyne, a biopic about the mysterious blonde bombshell who takes over Los Angeles billboards in the mid-1980s. Rossum will next star alongside MCU Spider-Man Tom Holland in Apple’s anthology series The Crowded Room.