By Amy Ryan
Updated May 04, 2006 at 06:13 PM EDT

The Silver Surfer may be the next of Marvel’s classic franchise characters to make the leap from the comics to the movies. Variety reports that he may appear in Fantastic Four 2, due July 4 of next year. That film could launch the trippy, philosophical hero into his own film franchise, something Fox has been trying to do for a decade.

So, fanboys, who should play the chrome character? Richard Gere? (He’s got the Zen thing down, and his hair’s already silver.) Sean Penn? (No one can do surfer-speak like Spicoli.) Keanu Reeves? (The role would make an nice bookend to Point Break.) Robert Patrick? (The T2 star has experience playing a guy with glossy metallic skin.) Anyone else?

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