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Michael B. Jordan Reportedly In Contention To Play The Human Torch In 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 2, 2013 at 10:21AM

So says The Wrap exclusively.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan

So says The Wrap exclusively. 

The fact that the Fantastic Four reboot helmer Josh Trank previously directed Michael B. Jordan in last year's surprise hit Chronicle, suggests this could be a possibility.

Although it's not a done deal; Jordan is said to be "in contention," meaning he's just one on a list of actors being considered. But it's good new for him; it means there's a growing awareness of him and his talents, within studio executive suites, enough that they'd consider him, an African American, for the part.

I suppose he's also *hot* right now, coming off the immense buzz around his performance in Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, which The Weinstein Company picked up for a late summer release, and which is considered an early Awards season favorite.

As far as I know, The Human Torch has always been white, from the comic books to the screen - most recently the pair of FF4 movies Tim Story directed, in which Chris Evans played the character.

So if this actually becomes a reality, get ready for all the cries from fanboys and fangirls about colorblind casting.

But let's see if this has any legs... as of right now, Twentieth Century Fox isn't commenting on the news...

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