Exciting casting news (well, rumor) to pass along today … there is a report out that claims that actor Michael B. Jordan has been cast to play Johnny Storm / The Human Torch in the upcoming superhero reboot film Fantastic Four. As you may know, Chris Evans played Johnny / Torch in the first Fantastic Four film franchise (and has gone on to play Captain America in that current film franchise) so casting Jordan would be a huge departure for the famed comic book character. If this casting news is true, Michael B. Jordan would be the first Black Human Torch … an idea that I am TOTALLY in love with!!
It seems Michael B. Jordan will be “flaming on” as our new Human Torch after all, as the guys over at The Schmoes Know Movies Podcast have exclusively revealed. According to them “a very trusted source within Michael B Jordan’s agency” has confirmed to them that he has just signed on the dotted line, and will play Johnny Storm in Josh Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four. The young actor has been highly in demand since his turn in Fruitvale Station, and was rumored to be up for quite a few different roles — one in Star Wars Episode VII among them. Of course we can’t post this as 100% accurate until it’s confirmed by the studio, but we know the Schmoes have good intel so I’d bet on this popping up in the trades pretty soon..maybe even later on tonight.
This is a brilliant casting move … whoever came up with the notion of casting Jordan as The Human Torch deserves a huge ass raise! Michael stars alongside Zac Efron in the new film That Awkward Moment which is due out in January and as cute as that movie looks, it really won’t do much to showcase him as a huge star. Nabbing the role of Johnny Storm / The Human Torch in a big budge superhero film like Fantastic Four will really catapult his career into the stratosphere! Let’s hope this casting rumor turns out to be true. I’ve been very uninterested in the notion of a reboot of Fantastic Four. If Michael B. Jordan is added to the cast, my excitement level will go thru the roof. Please, let this happen!