Paul Walter Hauser Reflects on 'Fantastic Four' Past Before New Role

Emmy winner explores wrestling alongside his acting career

by Zain ul Abedin
Paul Walter Hauser Reflects on 'Fantastic Four' Past Before New Role
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Paul Walter Hauser, the Emmy-winning actor known for his role in "Black Bird," is setting his sights on new horizons both in cinema and wrestling. As he gears up to compete in Major League Wrestling's Battle Riot VI, Hauser is also preparing to dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot directed by Matt Shakman.

Despite the previous "Fantastic Four" films receiving lukewarm receptions, with the 2005 and 2015 adaptations holding low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, Hauser sees potential in the new project. He was initially hesitant to join due to the franchise's challenging history but was convinced by the script and the assembled team.

"The combination of the screenplay and the department heads, along with a classy cast of actors, some of whom are having their moment right now, made me feel this movie is special," Hauser shared with The Hollywood Reporter.

The new "Fantastic Four" film, scheduled for a July 25, 2025 release, features a promising lineup including Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Hauser’s role remains undisclosed, but his enthusiasm for the project is palpable.

He also recounted his longstanding relationship with Shakman, who previously directed him in "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Their reunion on this high-profile film marks a full-circle moment for Hauser.

Hauser's Wrestling Aspirations

Outside of his cinematic pursuits, Hauser is embracing his passion for wrestling.

After his debut at a charity wrestling event last November, he is now looking forward to competing in Atlanta at the MLW Battle Riot VI, where he will face 40 other competitors for a shot at the MLW world heavyweight title.

Despite his busy schedule, Hauser is keen to find time for wrestling, which he describes as a perfect fit for his interests. “I don’t want to wrestle in front of just 30 people in a gymnasium,” Hauser said, addressing some skepticism about his wrestling career.

“But there’s only so many hours in a day, and I’m a very busy guy. So something like MLW’s Battle Riot is very exciting to me”.