Fans of HBO’s masterpiece “The Wire” will surely remember the name Michael B. Jordan, since the actor made quite an impact with his performance as the young drug dealer Wallace. He went on to star in the highly-acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights,” and then made his mark on the big screen in 2012’s teen superhero found-footage flick Chronicle for director Josh Trank.
Well, according to The Wrap, Trank is looking to work with Jordan again and is eyeing him for the role of Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in the new reboot of The Fantastic Four that he’s working on for 20th Century Fox. This has obviously caused a bit of an uproar in the fanboy community, considering Storm is a white character in the comics and Jordan, obviously, is a black dude. This kind of race-changing has happened before: Michael Clarke Duncan played Kingpin in Daredevil, Jamie Foxx is playing Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but both of those were bad guys. It’ll be interesting to see if Hollywood (and Fox, in particular) decides to cast an up-and-coming black actor in a superhero protagonist role instead of a villain.
It also has interesting implications as to how the rest of the casting process for this movie will go down as well. Just yesterday, “Girls” star Allison Williams was rumored for the role of Sue Storm – Johnny’s sister – and Williams is a white girl. So…yeah, we’re not exactly sure how this is going to play out, but I saw someone online mention that one of them could be adopted. Honestly, it shouldn’t really matter what the explanation is. All it takes is one line of dialogue in the movie to explain it and then everyone can move on. Jordan is a hugely talented actor and obviously has had success working with Trank before, so I’d be happy to see him get a big opportunity like this. (He’s also received rave reviews for his work in Fruitvale Station, an indie that won awards at Sundance this year.)
Either way, we still have a while before this project goes before cameras since its release date isn’t until 2015. Hopefully we’ll get a better sense of Trank’s vision for the project as that date approaches, and hey – if all else fails, it has to be better than the other Fantastic Four movies, right? What do you think about Jordan possibly being cast as The Human Torch? Sound off below.
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