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Michael B. Jordan Talks Starring in ‘Fantastic Four’ and Having a Black Human Torch

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A while back we reported on the rumor that ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘The Wire’ star Michael B. Jordan will be starring in the ‘Fantastic Four‘ reboot as Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), but what does Jordan have to say about the rumors and the “controversy” about a black actor playing a white superhero character? Read on to find out.

Michael B. Jordan recently spoke to both Huffington Post and USA Today regarding the rumor that he’s been cast in Josh Trank‘s upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot as Johnny Storm/the Human Torch. It’s a viable rumor — Jordan starred in Trank’s directorial debut, ‘Chronicle,’ and the two remain friends.

USA Today notes that Jordan winked after making the following statement:

It’s something that if it happened I would be ecstatic. I’d love to be a part of it.

As for the lame controversy over whether a black actor can play the part of a white comic book character (calling to mind that whole Donald Glover/Spider-Man nonsense), Jordan says:

Things change and time goes on. It’s 2013 right now. The characteristics of the Human Torch are [that] 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.

Amen. Jordan is a fantastic actor whose star is burning super bright right now, and rightfully so. Of all the cast members from ‘Friday Night Lights,’ he was the one with the most promising future. You can see Jordan next in the highly-acclaimed ‘Fruitvale Station,’ the true story of a young man’s tragic run-in with the police on New Year’s Day in 2009.

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