The word rocketing across the Internet today is that FOX‘s Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is considering casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Are FOX and Trank testing the water with this rumored casting leak?
You might remember Donald Glover making a pitch to play Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Fan reaction to that idea was mixed, but after years of Hollywood ignoring character race in casting Caucasians, color blind casting is a relatively new thing in Hollywood. Two examples in the super hero movie category include Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin in Daredevil and Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-man 2, both villains. Perhaps it’s time for a hero to receive the same treatment on screen.
How would this work out in the Fantastic Four though? Sue Storm is Johnny’s sister and with the reported news of Allison Williams consideration for the role of Sue Storm, would they still be brother and sister? Adopted siblings, or same mother different fathers or vice-versa?
I’ve really enjoyed Jordan’s work in Chronicle, Friday Night Lights, and from what I hear Fruitvale is fantastic in no small part to his talented acting. He would handle the role well, but is world ready for him in that role?
What do you think, not just about Jordan as the Torch, but the state of race in casting in Hollywood today?