Rumor: Michael B. Jordan to be the Human Torch in Fantastic Four reboot

Posted: May 2, 2013 in Movies

According to a report, Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank is considering casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch.  Trank and Jordan have a history together as Jordan starred in Trank’s breakout 2012 film Chronicle.

The Wrap is reporting that 20th Century Fox have not commented on the rumors.  It’s interesting that Jordan is being considered mainly because Johnny Storm/Human Torch as always been white in the comics and was most recently played by Chris Evans in the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films.  However, Jordan is a charismatic actor with a flare for comedic timing, so Johnny Storm may be right up his alley.  Coupled with the fact that Trank is not afraid to cross the race line with a traditional white character, I think the casting would be fine.

Jordan’s career started on the hit HBO show The Wire and continued on NBC’s Friday Night Lights and has been pointing up ever since.  According to The Wrap’s sources, Jordan has had multiple meetings with Fox in the past week and signs look good for him to sign a contract.  There hasn’t been rumors of a black actor playing a traditionally white character since Donald Glover was rumored to be in consideration for Peter Parker/Spider-Man lead.

The casting of Jordan as the Human Torch could have huge ramifications – positive – in the comic book world as Marvel could use the racial cross-over to create a new line of Fantastic Four comics.

Jordan’s potential casting would leave the casting of Sue Storm/Invisible Woman up as an African-American actress.  Keep your ears open for more casting news regarding Fantastic Four, as it has a summer 2015 release date.

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