‘Fantastic Four’ Eyes Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm

The ‘Chronicle’ actor is the front runner for this 20th Century Fox reboot, which would reunite him with director Josh Trank.
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‘Fantastic Four’ Eyes Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm

Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan may play Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four rebootChronicle star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly one of the front runners to play Johnny Storm (a.k.a. The Human Torch) in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot.

While studio sources refused to comment on the casting possibility, sources indicate that the actor has had multiple meetings at the Fox lot in the last week. This news comes just days after another rumor that Girls star Allison Williams is in contention for an unspecified role, which most thought would be Sue Storm (a.k.a. The Invisible Girl).

Considering that Allison Williams is of Irish Catholic descent, and Sue and Johnny are brother and sister, it's not clear what the thought is here, or how these two actors will work together in a reboot of the franchise. Maybe they are no longer siblings? Maybe they are orphans, and Sue raised Johnny in a number of foster homes? Maybe they are from a mixed family? Anything is possible in a reboot.

If Michael B. Jordan does, in fact, sign on, he will reunite with Chronicle filmmaker Josh Trank, who is directing the reboot from a script by Michael Green. It isn't known when production may begin.

Michael B. Jordan recently starred in the Sundance sensation Fruitvale, and provides the voice of Cyborg in the DC Universe animated movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015.

Sources:The Wrap

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  • Michael-Kolesik • 2 years ago

    Are you f*cking kidding me

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    • undeadslayer4 • 2 years ago

      boooooo stupid retarded black johnny storm i wanted someone whose better than him hes a idiot

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      • MartyMcfly-Needtoback • 2 years ago

        Noway!

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        • superman81 • 2 years ago

          they should get Tracey Morgan to play Thing

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          • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

            @skywise I've always been a tough critic. I was sorely disappointed when I saw that movie because I was expecting so much more. The only thing Brian Singer has ever done that I don't turn away from is The Usual Suspects. I have to respect the fact that the X-Men took a leap and dared to do something that to that point no other company had the ambition to try. I can't say it was exceptionally well done in my eyes. I can't say that it was pulled off. It was just as much random as it was pulled together. The effects and make-up left much to be desired. And the story failed to resemble what we truest fans even knew. They were just the characters with names we knew and certain basic elements that made them passable. I certainly wanted more...expected more. X2 had even more random assets to it than structured development. It was just a great backdrop to throw a few more cool characters we all knew, but they weren't well done. Most characters we only knew by name because we knew of the comics or the cartoon series. Though Ian McKellan is a great actor and he embodied Magnito, he couldn't embody the physicality of the character of the comics though his age was appropriate. And there is still so much about the series I could pick apart. But that's just my opinion of it.

            And yes, as long as they keep the core of the character with Johnny Storm and Sue I don't have a problem with ethnic changes. Just don't do it for the sake of a "WOW" factor. But I digress, it is true that this is only a rumor until proven otherwise.

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            • shuabert • 2 years ago

              Who cares if he's black. Maybe one of them is adopted. If he's good in the role, he's good in the role.

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              • skywise • 2 years ago

                @mieko-siede Looking back at the X men movies, particularly the first movie, it does feel like they missed the point. A great first story to shoot would have been God Loves, Man Kills. There would have been absolutly no way people would misunderstand exactly who and what the X Men are.

                But I think that it is more important that for all its flaws, the X Men showed studios that not only could a superhero movie be done but that people would want to see it. And boy did we.

                Of course there were comic book movies in the past and Blade came along (but really, how many non fans even knew he was in a comic book at that time?) but X Men was the first real modern comic book movie. For that reason alone it has a special place in my heart. Of course Spiderman nailed it home and the rest is history.

                I would go on about the Johnny Storm issue but i already posted my thought on the matter way below and it is a very simple one but one that I feel must be adhered to. (refresher; Cater to the fan base first and formost. You alienate your core audience and you sow bad will. And that is never a good thing for a franchise.) I would prefer that if Johnny is going to be African American - then Sue is as well.

                However, as @ejk1 beautifully illustrated - these are merely rumors for the time being. This could be nothing more than a publicity stunt for all I know. And what a brilliant stunt it would be.

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                • cupid • 2 years ago

                  @monkeyiron2-0 Try again man, you could do better.

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                  • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                    @corey It's not that he's black, it's that if he's Johnny, and Alison Williams is Sue, then they are messing up the characters.

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                    • dan1 • 2 years ago

                      Interwebs blowing up haha.

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                      • monkeyiron2-0 • 2 years ago

                        @ghostman@corey@ejk1@instead8909@bawnian-dexeus@cupid I nominate Gabirelle Union as Sue....

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                        • corey • 2 years ago

                          He's actually perfect for Johnny Storm. Those thumbing down because he's black are pretty messed up. And if that isn't the reason...what is? Cause he can embody a snarky Storm perfectly.

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                          • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                            @ejk1 I knew I had that wrong. I remembered there was a Lantern before Jordan. Thank you for that correction.

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                            • ejk1 • 2 years ago

                              @mieko-siede Alan Scott was the GL from the 40's, but you're spot on with everything else.

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                              • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                                @u1sart Green Lantern was originally, Hal Jordan, a United States test pilot having dealt with the aftermath of war and the effect on his person. He was a white guy back in the 40's. The black Lantern came much later in the series as did a few others from earth behind Jordan.

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                                • mieko-siede • 2 years ago

                                  @bawnian-dexeus I appreciate it.

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                                  • Erikajinx • 2 years ago

                                    I guess I stand incorrect from my first comment but as long as he can bring a Johnny storm personality then I think this movie could be better than the first two movies (hope they put skrulls even better)

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                                    • u1sart • 2 years ago

                                      So what if he black.. Green Lantern was an original Black super hero.. and they cast a white guy.. so wat... As long as they have the character personality down to a T

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                                      • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                        @mieko-siede Allow me to throw in my "well said" comment

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                                        • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                          @ejk1 Thanks

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