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FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER is the second installment of the live-action film series based on what fans around the globe know as "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine. "Fantastic Four" directed by Tim Story and released in the summer of 2005, had a worldwide theatrical gross of $330 million and became one of Twentieth Century Fox's most successful DVD titles ever.

For FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, an intriguing element is added to the cast of characters of the 2005 hit – the Silver Surfer. Academy Award® winning visual effects house Weta Digital ("The Lord of the Rings,” "King Kong”), working with the film's visual effects supervisor Scott Squires (a three-time Oscar® nominee whose credits include "Star Wars Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace”), created the ultimate computer-generated Silver Surfer, which will be true to the Marvel Comics character beloved by fans worldwide. Weta developed an advanced CG process to bring added dimensionality to the character. Doug Jones provided character and movement references for the digital wizards at Weta.

The Silver Surfer joins the returning family of superheroes from the Marvel Comics universe, including Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, who can stretch and contort his body into any shape he can imagine and, as the group's leader, is known as Mister Fantastic; Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, who is able to render herself invisible and to create and project powerful force fields as Invisible Woman; Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, known as The Human Torch, who can engulf his body in flames and take flight at will; and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm, whose freakish transmutation into a rock-like, superhumanly strong creature led him to be called The Thing. Julian McMahon reprises his "Fantastic Four” role as the Four's steely-eyed, iron-fisted nemesis, Dr. Doom. Kerry Washington is back as Ben's love interest, the blind sculptress Alicia Masters.

Recent Emmy®-winner Andre Braugher joins the cast as General Hager, a tough Army official who seeks the Four's help in combating a global menace, and Beau Garrett, who appeared in Fox Atomic's debut film "Turistas,” plays the general's aide, Captain Raye. And Oscar-nominee Laurence Fishburne, whose many credits include "The Matrix” and "Mystic River,” voices the Silver Surfer.

"Fantastic Four” helmer Tim Story returns, along with producers Ralph Winter, Avi Arad and Bernd Eichinger. The screenplay is by four-time Emmy winner Don Payne, a co-executive producer on "The Simpsons,” and noted author and screenwriter Mark Frost, who co-scripted "Fantastic Four.”

Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Squires, who worked closely with Weta in creating the Silver Surfer, also supervised many of the film's other state-of-the-art effects, including enhanced powers for the Four; mile-long, perfectly smooth craters – the handiwork of the Surfer; and the creation of Galactus (also known as The World Destroyer), another character long-known to comics fans as a being of incredible power and scale. "It was a delicate balance meeting the comics fans' expectations for the look of Galactus, and making him truly spectacular and cinematic to those not familiar with the character,” says Squires.

In 2005, movie audiences worldwide were introduced to the Fantastic Four, the fabulous quartet of superheroes that have captivated comic book readers since their 1961 debut in Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #1, created by Marvel legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Headquartered in the world famous Baxter Building in New York City, the Fantastic Four are dedicated to the betterment of the world through scientific discovery and defense against evil.

With FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, the filmmakers are able to expand the scope of the first film and introduce new characters, and new adven

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