In recent weeks, Michael B. Jordan’s name has been mentioned on the short list of actors to portray the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. While most fans are excited about the possibility of the talented actor tackling the role, others hope the movie will take a more traditional route and cast a white actor for the part.
Jordan admitted to feeling excited about the chance to play the Human Torch. “Nothing is real. Everyone knows [Josh Trank and I are] good friends,” said the actor to USA Today. “It’s something that if it happened, I would be ecstatic. I’d love to be a part of it.”
Concerning the controversy around changing the hero’s race, he added, “Things change and time goes on. It’s 2013 right now. The characteristics of the Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he’s charismatic and he’s a playboy. That’s it. You know what I’m saying? That’s all there is.”
Of course, there’s also the issue of Sue Storm, Johnny’s sister. Does that mean we’ll see a black actress in the role? Rumors suggest that Alison Williams is heavily favored, so it would appear not. Maybe one will be adopted, or perhaps they’ll be step-siblings?
Does it really matter? All comic book adaptations make adjustments. Liberties are taken all the time, some for the better and some not. If Josh Trank, known for his directorial debut in The Chronicle, can pull together a great film, plot and all, will it really matter who played what?
Fantastic Four will hit theaters on March 6, 2015.