The Fantastic Four might be readying itself for a reboot, but it seems that this time around, director, Josh Trank might also be looking to reboot our pigment-based perceptions of Marvel's mighty quartet. According to a report from The Wrap, actor, Michael B. Jordan is in contention to nab the role of Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch.
The busy actor, seen on TV's Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, and last year's film, Red Tails (and was also the voice of Jace Stratton in Gears of War 3), has been building quite a bit of behind-the-scenes momentum in his career with his role in a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival called Fruitvale Station. However, the strength of The Wrap's report resides mainly in the fact that Jordan starred in director Trank's successful faux-verite "kids with super-powers" 2012 film, Chronicle. At the moment, that project is already making names as it has sent Jordan's co-star Dane DeHaan over to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. As the report further elaborates, Jordan, who is in a good place with director Trank, has been meeting with Fox over the possibility taking the fiery role, last played by current Captain America, Chris Evans in the 2005 Fantastic Four film and its 2007 sequel. Apparently, his chances depend on what kind of chemistry he will bring with the rest of the still-unnamed potential teammates.
That's where this report gets interesting (or perplexing) when coupled with recent rumors that has Girls actress, Allison Williams pegged to play Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman. Last portrayed by a blondified Jessica Alba in the last series, Sue also happens to be Johnny's sister. While the color-blind casting might seemingly invalidate the Williams story, it is entirely possible that the new script could simply modify the relationship of the Storm siblings to be half-brother and half-sister. Jordan's potential casting certainly presents some intriguing options for a comic book film franchise that's in much need of a revamping, but it may not go over well with purist comic book fans. (And, probably not from the practical standpoint of brand-identification with the existing comic book titles, as well.) Still, if the script is good enough, then, much like Iron Man did in 2008, it could be the film that redefines the tone for everything else.
The Fantastic Four is currently set to bring a cosmic-powered crucible of pain and flames to evil at theaters on March 6, 2015.