The Unstoppable Kate Mara Becomes Queen Of Sci-Fi: Stars In ‘Fantastic Four’, Eyed For ‘Star Wars’ [Video]

Kate Mara’s career is gaining a lot of momentum these days as the Fantastic Four star prepares to show the world what the Invisible Woman can do in this year’s reboot of the superhero franchise. With her recent success in the Netflix original series House of Cards and her audition for the Star Wars Spinoff, all signs point to Kate Mara as the new rising star of comic book and sci-fi entertainment.

The new trailer for the reimagined Fantastic Four debuted on Tuesday, and it is already causing quite the stir. Although audiences catch only a few frames of Mara in character, what is revealed is a woman with intelligence and emotional depth to go along with the power of invisibility. What Kate does with this character remains to be seen, but so far, everyone, with the exception of the most stringent comic book fans, seems to be on board. Mara herself seemed a little unsure during the initial stages of filming.

“Well I don’t know very much about it, which is weird but true! Umm, all I know is that it’s going to be a very different take on the film, which people may not expect. I’m not really familiar with the comic books … I picked up a few when I got the part.”

Kate Mara became known to the public at large starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the hit series 24 and the critically acclaimed American Horror Story, as well as blockbusters such as Brokeback Mountain and Iron Man 2. Kate is perhaps best known for the part of Zoe Barnes in House of Cards. While Kate’s character may have been killed off in the second season, her career is far from over.

As Mara prepares for blockbuster stardom, she is already rumored to be eyed for the lead role in Gareth Edwards upcoming Star Wars spinoff, according to Screen Rant. This tidbit was revealed by Variety film reporter Justin Kroll.

While we have scant details, the fact that she is up for a lead role in Star Wars testifies to Kate Mara’s appeal. Of course, Fantastic Four director Josh Trank is slated to direct his own Star Wars movie, so that connection is sure to earn Mara some favor and give her a bit of an edge over her sister, Rooney Mara, who also auditioned for the role.

Adding to Kate Mara’s geek bona fides, she will be starring alongside Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, due in 2015. The movie will be based on the 2012 novel of the same name, in which Matt Damon’s character will be stranded on Mars and must use his wits and scientific knowledge to stay alive. Mara gets second billing, so presumably her role will be an important one.

All of this continues to solidify Mara’s presence in Hollywood and is earning her sci-fi credentials — and her star power is only growing. Do you think Kate Mara is the new queen of science fiction?