'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.
Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan may play Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot
Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan may play Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot
Chronicle 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.

The Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.



Sources: The Wrap

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  1. Michael Kolesik

    Are you f*cking kidding me

    1 year agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  2. undeadslayer4

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

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Superman81

    they should get Tracey Morgan to play Thing

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  4. Mieko_Siede

    @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.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  5. Josh

    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.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. skywise

    @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.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. CUPID

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

    1 year agoby @cupidFlag

  8. ejk1

    @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.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Dan

    Interwebs blowing up haha.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  10. Corey W.

    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.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  11. Mieko_Siede

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

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  12. ejk1

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

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. Mieko_Siede

    @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.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  14. Mieko_Siede

    @bawnian-dexeus I appreciate it.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  15. Erikajinx

    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)

    1 year agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  16. u1sart

    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

    1 year agoby @u1sartFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. bipolarmassive

    Okay, so I guess they won't mind when Spawn's alter ego is re-casted as a Latino, Asian, or White opposed to being black.... I hope they do!

    1 year agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  19. Mieko_Siede

    @skywise Thank you. I don't mind changes with subtlety. As many have stated, Nick Fury is one thing. The base elements of the character were there and it is true that in another imagined universe he is African-American. Hell, I don't mind what they've done to Perry White, as the Chief Editor of the Daily Planet in a modern setting, it's really inconsequential...he serves a basic purpose and not one that is too dependent on the story being a supporting character. But when main characters are re-imagined away from the source it taints a lot of what is known of the story. It taints the story overall actually. Sure, those who don't know any better won't have a gripe unless the movie is just awful. But true fans will walk away totally jaded regardless of the development. It's partially why I had so many issues with any of the X-Men movies among others. There were so many un-introduced characters there just for the sake of being fan favorites that served no really meaningful purpose except as one-off villains or heroes. Fans knew who they were on sight but they were so briefly shown. They tried to blend too many story lines together with the first three that there were characters in there, including Wolverine and Rogue, that should not have been. They drew from elements of the first 1962 comic book but made it more of a rag tag group on both sides. They were completely downgraded from the characters they are portrayed as on pages I hardly recognized any of them. Black leather costumes and poor plot development...and yet people claimed to see so much depth to it that really wasn't. It was more a movie that drew people in for Wolverine as opposed to the true politics and racial divides they were trying to go for. It should have been call, Wolverine and The X-Men trilogy.

    1 year agoby @mieko-siedeFlag

  20. Erikajinx

    This is wrong even though I'm black but could Marvel just buy everyone back to keep the original story. Unless he is playing someone else other than the main fantastic four than that's fine but I think I like the original story better

    1 year agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  21. ejk1

    @mieko-siede@bawnian-dexeus Very good.

    Look at my avatar. I have defended the pick of Jaime Foxx as Max Dillon from the beginning, because it does not harm nor change the character that is Max Dillon/Electro. To the best of my knowledge, there is no reference to Max being the biological son of two "white" people. There is nothing that ties him to a certain skin color. I also defended Heimdall. Yes, he is Sif's brother, but their parents are unknown. Asgardian DNA...can you figure it out? Let me know when you do.

    The issue here is much more in line with that which I detest. If this is more than rumor (and let's recognize that as of now, both FF casting stories this week are just rumors), then it sets up to change the essence of Johnny Storm. If he is the adopted brother of Sue, it sets up to give Johnny an extra layer of depth. We get to see how Johnny became Johnny, and why he does what he does. Possibly even see him react with bitterness because his biological parents gave him away, died, etc. All of that is nice...but it is not Johnny Storm. That's another character completely. Johnny is a shallow douchebag, because, well, he likes being a shallow douchebag. It's part of the character's charm. Giving him this extra layer of depth (I realize this is speculation on my behalf, but there is no other reason to cast this way, other than shock value) creates a totally different character, and not necessarily for the better.

    @writer220 Brings up a very solid point. Making the whole family African-American wouldn't be a bad idea. Yes, there would be your typical racists complaining, but as long as the essence of each character is unharmed, there would be no problem with it.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Writer220

    only one solution : an all African American family and friend

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  23. skywise

    @mieko-siede perfectly stated my friend.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. Daveactor7

    Hmmmm I don't see this as "OMG THIS IS RETARDED" calm down people. For one thing at least they got a hell of an actor. This guy did a great job in "Chronicle" and he was outstanding in "Friday Night Lights" the television show. The persona he gives in Chronicle could fit well with Johnny Storm. The whole relation to Sue Storm is what's bothering me. I don't have a problem at all if this guy is casted.

    1 year agoby @daveactor7Flag

  25. phatalphd

    Jeez this is retarded. No reason for this. I know the fantastic four is pretty white in general, hardly any black villians either, but damn I hate when they do this. The only time I liked it is with Nick Fury. Sam Jackson is Fury to me, so it worked. I doubt anyone imagines Johhny storm as black. And the whole schtick of the Fantastic Four is they're kinda like family, with 3/4 of em being related. Throwing in a black kid is just gonna raise more questions bout the motive

    1 year agoby @phatalphdFlag

  26. CUPID

    Lol...really?

    1 year agoby @cupidFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman That too. In the end it will depend on how it's received. No doubt there must be some uproar on another site at the moment

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag