Josh Trank’s surprise hit film Chronicle has produced a new trio of young, up-and-comer actors that seem to be everywhere the past several months. Dane DeHaan landed the big role of Harry Osborn in Marc Webb’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as several roles that will likely push him further into the spotlight. Alex Russell is taking a bit longer to get there, but it’s just a matter of time before he steps out of the “teen film” genre in to the big time films. The final actor that is skyrocketing to the top is Michael B. Jordan. For the past several months, he’s been rumored to have landed the role of Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Trank’s reboot of The Fantastic Four over at Fox. Of course, we’ve yet to get confirmation on this news, but the more we read into the story, the more likely it becomes.
While talking to The Daily Beast, Jordan reveals that he was up for two more comic book movie roles in The Amazing Spider-Man and Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier. The actor read for the roles of Harry Osborn, which we know went to his Chronicle co-star Dane Dehaan, as well as the role of Falcon, which went to Anthony Mackie. What this tells us, however, is that Jordan seems determined to land a comic book movie role, and as I mentioned earlier, he likely has with The Fantastic Four. In the interview, he dropped another hint about comic book roles, saying that race shouldn’t matter in the films.
“With superheroes, a lot of those comics were created before the 1960s, so they weren’t going to have a black man save America,” says Jordan. “So I think it’s more of a continuity thing now. With more generic superheroes, why can’t you have a black, Asian, Hispanic actor play the role? Hopefully, in my lifetime, we’ll see more black superheroes.”
With Josh Trank’s FF4 reboot slated for a spring 2015 release date, we can expect to see production ramping up in the coming months, which includes some casting and story line announcements. Or in this case, confirmation. The film is expected to be a total reboot of the franchise, and with Trank involved, you can almost guarantee it will be a darker, more grounded take on the iconic comic book family.