Jamie Bell is The Thing in This First Look Pic from ‘Fantastic Four’ (PHOTO)

Jamie Bell will play the role of Ben Grimm, a.k.a. The Thing, in Chronicle director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Now, we know what Bell’s take on The Thing will look like, thanks to the fine folks at Empire magazine.

In the first look photo, Bell is a figurative tower of stone, looking like a walking rock collection that’s only barely being held together by some unseen force. I like the take on the character, as the aesthetic has an earthier feel than the previous movies in which Michael Chiklis played the role. The visual of this version of The Thing just feels more authentic, and it’s not entirely due to the CG (hell, I prefer costumes over visual effects any day). It simply comes across as a more natural look, to me, rather than the yellow-orange, side-of-a-wall look from the previous films.

Fantastic Four doesn’t hit theaters until August 7, but you can check out Jamie Bell as The Thing below, along with two other stills from the movie. Let us know what you think in the comments:

Jamie Bell as The Thing

Jamie Bell is The Thing in This First Look Pic from 'Fantastic Four' (PHOTO)

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