According to sources, Friday Night Lights star Michael B. Jordan is in talks to play the Human Torch in a Fantastic Four remake.
The movie, not due in theaters until 2015, already has a director in Josh Trank, who worked with Jordan on Chronicle.
Johnny Storm (Torch) is white in the ongoing Marvel series and was played by Chris Evans in the 2005 and 2007 films.
Allison Williams of Girls is said to be in contention to play his sister, Susan.
I’m just going to go ahead and say that I usually don’t like when movies pull a race switcheroo. If the character is white in the source material, why make him black? Just because you can?
I’m not even a huge Fantastic Four enthusiast, I just know that fans get irritated when you mess with their memories. Wouldn’t it be disrespectful to make Storm from X-Men caucasian just because Kate Beckinsale or whoever was available? (I get just as annoyed when hair color and height are drastically changed.)
Then again, Idris Elba did make a really badass Heimdall in Thor…