Michael B. Jordan Back with 'Chronicle' Director for 'Fantastic Four'?
After making a splash with the surprise, found footage, superhero, hit Chronicle, director Josh Trank took his success to the big time and is now attached to direct 20th Century Fox's reboot of Fantastic Four which is slated to hit theaters in 2015. Now it sounds like he might be bringing one of his Chronicle stars with him as The Wrap has learned Michael B. Jordan is in contention to play Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, in the hopeful new comic book franchise. As of right now Jordan has had several meetings at Fox for the role, but the ultimate decision comes down to his chemistry with the other actors. More below!
However, that raises some questions. First of all, just recently we learned that Allison Williams was up for the only female team member role in Fantastic Four, that of Sue Storm, who becomes The Invisible Woman. Considering the fact that Sue and Johnny are brothers, casting Jordan in the role doesn't exactly make sense unless one of them is adopted or from another mother/father. Perhaps Jordan's casting is also contingent on who they decide fits for Sue Storm or vice versa. Either way, cue all the comic book purists who will get mad that The Human Torch may not be white.
Honestly, I like the idea of mixing things up and casting Jordan as The Human Torch, especially since color-blind casting for most superheroes wouldn't really ruin the foundation of any of these comic book movies at all. Plus, Jordan is a great talent. Not only did he shine in Chronicle, but he received plenty of praise (especially from this writer) for his lead performance in the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winning film Fruitvale (which is now titled Fruitvale Station and gets a rave review from me here). But it's still early in the casting process and anything can happen, so stay tuned.