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‘The Fantastic Four’: Julia Garner Cast As New Version Of Marvel’s Silver Surfer

Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie is quickly gaining momentum, with the core superhero cast in place. Now, Deadline reports that Julia Garner is the top choice to play Shalla-Bal, a character who appears to be taking over the role of the Silver Surfer.

Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema, Shalla-Bal made her first comic book appearance in 1968’s Silver Surfer #1, embodying the role of the Empress of Zenn-La, a utopian planet nestled in the Deneb System of the Milky Way Galaxy. In the pages of Marvel comics, Shalla-Bal is the lover of Norrin Radd, who transforms into the Silver Surfer upon agreeing to serve Galactus in exchange for the safety of their home world.

Julia Garner is best known for her work as Ruth Langmore in the Netflix crime drama series Ozark. Her portrayal earned her widespread critical acclaim, securing three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, alongside a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Beyond Ozark, Garner’s resume includes television series such as The Americans, Maniac, Dirty John, and Inventing Anna.

What we know about the Fantastic Four movie

Marvel Studios recently announced the cast for its Fantastic Four reboot, setting the stage for a new era of MCU adventures. Stepping into the roles of the beloved superhero team are Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm, and Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm.

The Fantastic Four characters were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with the team making its first comic book appearance in 1961. The previous Fantastic Four movies, while popular, were not well-received by fans or critics, and Marvel Studios has an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and deliver a feature that is true to the spirit of the comics.

Behind the scenes, The Fantastic Four will be brought to life under the direction of Matt Shakman, with Josh Friedman writing the screenplay. With production slated to begin in summer 2024, Marvel fans can look forward to the film’s journey to theaters in July 2025, marking a new chapter in the MCU.

Fantastic Four opens on July 25, 2025.  Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

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