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THE FANTASTIC FOUR: Rahul Kohli Confirms He Lost Reed Richards Role To Pedro Pascal

After seemingly endless rumours, Marvel Studios finally announced The Fantastic Four cast earlier this year. Each of them had been linked to the reboot at one time or another, so there were no major surprises for those who had been closely following the casting process.

Oppenheimer star David Krumholtz has confirmed he tried and failed to play the MCU’s Thing, and now Midnight Mass star Rahul Kohli has revealed that he missed out on being cast as Mister Fantastic. 

He was long a fan favourite choice for Reed Richards and, in the video below, admits to being beaten to the part by The Mandalorian‘s Pedro Pascal. 

“Yeah, I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it but I didn’t get it, is the important thing,” Kohli explains. “But on good days, I see the Constantine [fan casting]. It will flare up once and again. And, I love all of them. On good days, you’re like, ‘Man, I’m wanted!’ People really want to see. You’re the guy that people will shout out for anything.”

“On bad days, it’s a reminder that, ‘You’re not the guy. You’re not there. These are the roles you’ll never get.’ So, it’s sweet and it’s perspective. It’s how you feel about yourself.”

Kohli’s breakout role was in The CW’s DC Comics adaptation, iZombie. He’s since starred in Supergirl and Harley Quinn, meaning he’s no stranger to comic book fare. However, many of you will know the actor best for his collaborations with Mike Flanagan in Netflix TV shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Fall of the House of Usher.

We’re sure he’d have made a good Mister Fantastic, but with Pascal quickly establishing himself as a huge star and box office draw, it’s easy enough to see why Marvel Studios went with The Last of Us lead.

Check out Kohli’s comments in full below. 

Marvel Studios has announced that Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) will lead The Fantastic Four cast. Julia Garner has also joined the reboot as Shalla-Bal/Silver Surfer.

Recent additions to the cast include Paul Walter Hauser and John Malkovich in mystery roles, along with Ralph Ineson as the villainous Galactus.

Director Matt Shakman worked with both Avatar: The Way of Water co-writer Josh Friedman and WandaVision‘s Cam Squires on The Fantastic Four‘s screenplay, with Eric Pearson (Black Widow) recently coming on board for a final polish.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025.

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