Julia Garner Joins Marvel’s ‘The Fantastic Four’ as Shalla-Bal Version of Silver Surfer

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Julia Garner is joining Marvel’s “The Fantastic Four” as Shalla-Bal, a version of Silver Surfer from the Marvel comics.

She will star alongside 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).

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Matt Shakman (“WandaVision,” “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”) will direct “Fantastic Four,” from a screenplay by Josh Friedman, Jeff Kaplan, Ian Springer and Eric Pearson. Production on the film is set to begin this summer, with a planned release on July 25, 2025.

The Silver Surfer was previously portrayed by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne in 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

Garner starred as Ruth Langmore on “Ozark” alongside Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, earning three Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work on the series. Other television credits include “The Americans,” “Dirty John” and “Inventing Anna,” for which she earned additonal Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

In film, Garner earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role in Kitty Green’s “The Assistant.” Last year, the pair teamed again for “The Royal Hotel,” which Garner also produced through her Alma Margo production banner. She’s next set to star in Leigh Whannell’s “Wolf Man” opposite Christopher Abbott, and in the psychological thriller “Apartment 7A” from Paramount and producer John Krasinski.

Garner is represented by UTA and LBI Entertainment.

Marvel Studios had no comment. Deadline was first to report the news.

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