“The Fantastic Four” Adds Natasha Lyonne to Cast

There’s a supremely bright new star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Natasha Lyonne has been cast in The Fantastic Four.

The creator and star of Netflix’s Russian Doll and the face of Poker Face has joined the cast of Marvel’s reboot of one of the most iconic super-groups in all of comics. Director Matt Shakman has added the stellar Lyonne to an already sensational cast, although what role the multi-talented performer, writer, producer, and director will play is unknown.

The original Fantastic Four were created, of course, by Marvel’s iconic super-team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and they are Marvel’s First Family. Once Disney acquired 21st Century Fox and the rights to the quartet in 2019, Marvel began patiently planning their reboot of the franchise. After a thoughtful lead-up, the cast has rounded out: Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm (aka the Thing). Then there’s Julia Garner as the Silver Surfer and Ralph Ineson as the supervillain Galactus, joined by Paul Walter-Hauser and John Malkovich in unspecified roles.

Shakman, who did incredible work on Marvel’s first Disney+ series, WandaVision, directs from a script by Jeff Kaplan, Eric Pearson, Ian Springer, and Josh Friedman. Production is slated to begin this summer, and the release date is currently set at July 25, 2025.

By the time Shakman’s The Fantastic Four premieres, it will be the first iteration of the superfamily in a decade. Fox produced three films—Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and a reboot, Fantastic Four (2015). 

Deadline was first to the scoop of Lyonne’s casting.

For more on The Fantastic Four, check out these stories:

“The Fantastic Four” Casts Ralph Ineson as Supervillain Galactus

“Fantastic Four” Cast Adds Paul Walter Hauser

Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four” Casts Julia Garner as Silver Surfer

Featured image: Natasha Lyonne is Charlie Cale in “Poker Face.” Courtesy Peacock.


The Credits

The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. Focusing on profiles of below-the-line filmmakers, The Credits celebrates the often uncelebrated individuals who are indispensable to the films and TV shows we love.