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‘Chronicle’ Star Michael B. Jordan Considered For Human Torch In ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

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by Drew Taylor
May 2, 2013 10:52 AM
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According to The Wrap, the first member of the rebooted “Fantastic Four” might be cast – Michael B. Jordan, who co-starred in director Josh Trank’s previous movie, the more-clever-than-it-had-any-right-to-be “Chronicle,” seems to be in contention to play The Human Torch aka Johnny Storm. The reboot is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.

What makes this interesting, of course, is that Jordan is an African American actor, and the Human Torch, in the comics and in the original two “Fantastic Four” movies, is white (current Captain America Chris Evans played the character in “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”). It also calls into question the casting of the Invisible Woman, AKA Sue Storm, who is Johnny’s sister, and another member of the superhero team. Is it too early to suggest Kerry Washington? If not: Kerry Washington.

We’re all for breaking the color barrier when it comes to superheroes and super-villains (like Jamie Foxx’s Electro in next year’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Jordan, who has had roles on “Friday Night Lights” and “The Wire,” is a terrific actor who can bring the hubris and humanity of Johnny Storm to the big screen with aplomb. (Jordan also appears in the Sundance-winning “Fruitvale Station.”) But, of course, nothing is set in stone until a final announcement is made. And Comic Con is just around the corner…

This new “Fantastic Four” will be produced by Matthew Vaughn and directed by Trank from a script by Jeremy Slater and Seth Grahame-Smith. Also Mark Millar is involved in some capacity. A March 6th, 2015 release date has been set aside.

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18 Comments

  • Scorpio | May 5, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    So;

    Electro despite being white in the amazing Spider-man comics (Black in the ultimates) is being played by a black actor in a film adaption of the amazing Spider-man comics.

    Now Johnny Storm is being played by a black actor also - despite his in-film 'sister' actress Allison Williams (Cast as Susan Storm) being as white as could possibly be and all prior versions of Johnny Storm being white.

    Once again, to emphasise this. Look at the comics;
    http://comicbookcollectorsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/FF-5-Johnny-Storm-Reading-Hulk.jpg

    What the hell is up with films nowadays. Sure, we understand that their is little cultural diversity in comics that were made ages ago - but changing the characters colour solely for the reason of adding some diversity to the cast is annoying as hell - and I feel its disappointing as a fan that instead of this film being based on the comics it'll be just someone else's attempt at diversifying Fantastic Four.

  • MRIDGE1 | May 2, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    Wasn't Allison Williams rumored to be on the short list for Sue Store as recently as yesterday? I'm all for breaking the colour barrier but I think it's important that the two characters remain brother and sister, even if they're adopted.

  • Kevin | May 2, 2013 12:50 PMReply

    Apologies for the photo error earlier, I was half awake and running out the door. Blah.

  • Alan B | May 2, 2013 12:34 PMReply

    Kerry Washington appeared in both 'Fantastic Four' films. I don't think that should automatically eliminate her from selection, it's just weird that Taylor didn't acknowledge this tidbit.

  • Claire M. | May 2, 2013 12:05 PMReply

    another comic book movie zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Jeff Mclachlan | May 2, 2013 11:59 AMReply

    I'm surprised no one's mentioned this, but Kerry Washington was already in the previous two Fantastic Four movies.

    I like Ryan Hansen for Johnny Storm, personally, and maybe Alice Eve for Sue, but other than mentioning that, I will avoid wading into these perilous waters.

  • The Playlist | May 2, 2013 11:48 AMReply

    Apologies on the initial image. The photo editor goofed.

  • Alan B | May 2, 2013 11:30 AMReply

    Not to excuse Mr. Taylor, but maybe you guys should check out Comic Book Movie's post on this development (can't post the link). There are already 500 comments on the rumor, and most - not all - consist of pathetic, racist, pig-ignorant, inbred, Neanderthal, frighteningly naïve responses. "Oh no, Jordan can't play the character. Because Johnny Storm is white and Jordan is black and not white and Johnny Storm is white and not black and Jordan is ...". Apologies for the swearing, but FUCK THESE FANBOYS and FUCK THEIR PATHETIC ATTEMPTS TO MASK THEIR RACISM. Thank God these will never procreate ... or lose their virginities.

  • Alan B | May 2, 2013 10:29 PM

    No, I do 'think': in regards to casting, I think that there are roles in which race is important, and there are roles in which race ISN'T. Why doesn't any of the wiki-entries list the Human Torch as a WHITE or CAUCASIAN character. I'd say his arrogance, charm, wit and humor of Storm is more important than the color of his skin. Having shallow, naïve and insecure views on what a color looks like doesn't mean "thinking": I'd say it's a shorthand for the opposite, in fact.

    "In other news Wyatt Wingfoot will now be played by an Asian-American."

    Oh, and how come this is THE ONLY FANBOY RESPONSE? “Well, now we need to cast Robert Redford as Malcolm X and Gary Oldman as Black Panther and Dakota Fanning as Luke Cage, blah, blah, blah …” It’s always the same. Wyatt was SPECIFICALLY designed as a Native American character: Johnny was white by default of the era in which he was created. And times have changed: deal with it.

  • R. Kevin Morris | May 2, 2013 10:10 PM

    Yeah... because wanting to stick to the source material immediately means "racism". That sure is easier than thinking. In other news Wyatt Wingfoot will now be played by an Asian-American.

  • Roark | May 2, 2013 11:48 AM

    Not surprising. Pathetic, but not surprising.

  • John Michaels | May 2, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    YAAAAAAAY! Like it never happened. . . .

  • Ray H | May 2, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    Yeah, that's not him! Where's Wallace at?

  • John Michaels | May 2, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    If only there was an internet movie database that had pictures along side names so we could easily track what actors look like . . . . I'm going to get on that now . . .

  • E | May 2, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    Jamie Foxx is playing Electro, not Mysterio and that's not Michael B. Jordan. You should just take the story down until you can get it right.

  • Dan | May 2, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    I understand you guys make mistakes but really?? C'mon, thats not even him. Take that down before people really start to get pissed.

  • stevo | May 2, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    That's Ryan Coogler, not Michael B. Jordan

  • John Michaels | May 2, 2013 10:54 AMReply

    Wow....that's not Michael B Jordan...I guess we all look alike?

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