Pedro Pascal Reportedly Inching Closer to Deal to Portray Mr. Fantastic in Marvel Studios’ “Fantastic Four”

It appears Pedro Pascal may be in for a Fantastic time…

Following months of speculation about who may be playing Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four, the 48-year-old Chilean actor’s name has emerged as a top contender for the role.

Pedro PascalWhile a deal is nowhere near complete, Deadline is reporting that three-time Emmy nominee  is in talks to play the leader of the iconic superhero team.

Insiders add that scheduling is still being worked out, but multiple sources close to the negotiations say it’s headed in the right direction for Pascal to take on this role and his other future projects.

Pascal has a full dance card that includes Gladiator 2, which is expected to go into production before the end of the year, as well as the second season of his popular HBO series The Last Of Uswhich is expected to shoot next year. He’s also expected to shoot Zach Cregger’s Weapons.

Marvel had no comment.

Director Matt Shakman is currently in pre-production at Pinewood Studios in England.

Alba In Talks to Star in “Weightless”

Jessica Alba could be experiencing weightlessness in the near future…

The 31-year-old half-Mexican American actress is talks to star in the Milo Addica-directed Weightless from Myriad Pictures.

Jessica Alba

In the Oscar-nominated Monster’s Ball screenwriter’s first directing stint, Alba would star as an astronaut who causes a fatal motorcycle accident before heading off on her first space mission.

When she survives the crash of her space shuttle, her guilty conscience drives her to search for her own victim’s family, and she falls in love with his brother, a cop, in the process.

Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico will produce with Steve Norris, alongside the United Kingdom’s Apollo Productions and its partners, Pinewood Studios and Double Negative.

This year alone, Alba will appear in two sequels: Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And, she’s also one of the voice actors in the 3D animated film Escape from Planet Earth.