In the wake of the news of Pedro Pascal being in talks to play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic earlier today, further rumors have cropped out about how that casting came to be and who else may join him.

In his new The InSneider newsletter, scooper Jeff Sneider has gone into the casting for the role a bit more, alleging they did screen tests for the Reed Richards part in London just prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

He indicaes the likes of Christopher Abbott and Jamie Dornan tried out and “the tests did not go very well”. Marvel reportedly wanted a bigger name and both Jake Gyllenhaal and Adam Driver apparently wanted too much – not good for Marvel’s Kevin Feige who is trying to contain talent costs.

The result is Pascal is seen as a ‘get’ considering how in demand he is these days. Sneider adds “Mission: Impossible” alum Vanessa Kirby remains widely tipped to be Sue Storm who is the film’s lead character, whilst “Stranger Things” breakout Joseph Quinn and “The Bear” scene stealer Ebon Moss-Bachrach are tipped for Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm respectively.

He’s also heard that Oscar winner Javier Bardem is being eyed to play the eater of worlds himself Galactus. Antonio Banderas had previously been tipped for the role, but Bardem is reportedly now the frontrunner.

His involvement, however, depends upon the scheduling of the Brad Pitt-led F1 racing film which Bardem has a key role in. Its post-strike filming schedule is unknown at this time.

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