Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Mark Strong Heads To Grimsby
He's joining Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy
Peter Serafinowicz Will Spy
For Paul Feig
Monty Python's Reunion Show Will Hit Screens
In the UK and around the world
Friday The 13th Scares Up New TV Series
Jason Voorhees will stalk on to the small screen
Trust Me Trailer Arrives
Clark Gregg is an agent... but not Coulson
The Third Hobbit Is Now Subtitled The Battle Of The Five Armies
But the box set may go back to There And Back Again
Amanda Seyfried Joins Pan
Along with fellow recruits Nonso Anozie & Kathy Burke
First Trailer For As Above, So Below
Paris! City of lights out...
Peter Farrelly Talks Dumb And Dumber To
'We didn't want to make Dumb And Dumber Lite'
Joss Whedon Talks Avengers: Age Of Ultron
'Ultron is genuinely disturbed... he's not a creature of logic'
Lupita Nyong'o & Scarlett Johansson In Talks For The Jungle Book
Jon Favreau rounds up friends old and new
New Trailer For Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Power is a fragile thing...
Doug Liman Targets Railhead
He may adapt a new sci-fi novel
Ron Howard Finds The Truth About Harry Quebert
Adapting Joel Dicker's international bestseller
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
TODAY
New Trailer For Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Power is a fragile thing...
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
A Haunted House (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Fast And Furious 6
Empire Star Rating
Journey To Italy (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Michael B. Jordan On His Fantastic Four Human Torch Casting
Michael B. Jordan On His Fantastic Four Human Torch Casting
To flame on or not to flame on?

22 May 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

Fruitvale Station - Ryan Coogler's moving tale of the tragic shooting of Oscar Grant in the Bay Area in 2009 - has been one of the hits of the Cannes Film Festival thus far, with Michael B. Jordan's lead turn a particular standout.

We spoke to Jordan - so good in both The Wire and Chronicle, of course - and his Fruitvale Station co-star Melonie Diaz for an upcoming videblogisode, and they were on great form. You'll see the full interview on Friday. But we couldn't resist asking Mr. Jordan about the strong rumours that he's about to reteam with his Chronicle director, Josh Trank, on Fox's reboot of The Fantastic Four, where he would play Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch.

While Jordan's answer isn't a 100%, nailed-on, signed-on-the-line-that-is-dotted yes, his reaction to the question - the first time anyone had asked him about Fantastic Four on camera - is priceless... and if you ask us, it's pretty much a 'yes'. Click below to see it in full, and check out the videblogisode on Friday for more from Michael B. Jordan. 

 

Fruitvale Station has no official UK release date as yet. Trank's Fantastic Four reboot, meanwhile, is aiming for a March 2015 premiere.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Cannes 2013: Videblogisode #3 - Justin Timberlake, Marion Cotillard
Plus Clive Owen and Carey Mulligan...
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Why?
To cast a black actor would be fine if it didn't then impact on other characters (Sue Storm?). Blind casting is important but this character is imbeded as a white 17 year old, blond haired boy racer witha very blond sister. They may as well just invent another bunch of superherores because this would not be the FF as published over the last 50 years or so. It worked with Nick Fury because people who were in the know were primed for it by the Ultimate comics and everyone else probably didn't have More

Posted by ericcoyle at 16:11 on 20 November 2013 | Report This Post

Confused... reply (pt.2)
...And don't get me started on Electro being black in the new Spidey movie...! *sigh* More

Posted by Rupert_A at 18:45 on 29 July 2013 | Report This Post

Confused... reply.
Not entirely sure what is meant by 'employing a bit of empathy'? I'm guessing you ignored my comment about the Black Panther and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire then?! Two of my favourite Marvel characters, by the way. Marvel have always had great characters, regardless of colour or background. I grew up reading the Silver Age comics of the 60's and 70's, where Marvel led the way with good black characters. More

Posted by Rupert_A at 18:43 on 29 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Confused... continued!!
Well I guess it's real easy to feel like that when you're white and 99% of original superheroes are white, lol. Try employing a little empathy. More

Posted by Raegus at 17:00 on 18 June 2013 | Report This Post

Confused... continued!!
(why didn't all of my last comment not get printed?!) (cont.) .. I'm quite sure no one would put forward a film pitch of a white Black Panther, or a white Luke Cage, Hero for Hire?! So let's see a brilliant Black Panther film, a brilliant Luke Cage film; let's have Marvel characters as originally conceived; and let's have no more re-imagining! As a great man once said, " 'Nuff said!" More

Posted by Rupert_A at 17:31 on 01 June 2013 | Report This Post

Confused...
What is it with all this re-imagining of Marvel characters?! Marvel has always had some brilliant Black characters, so why don't we see films of them? I did like the Nick Fury re-imagining, but did hanker after the old Silver Age white Nick Fury I used to read. So does this mean that Sue Storm will also be black?! They are siblings, after all. Actually, an all black Fantastic Four would be a really interesting re-imagining, I think. Anyway, I'm quite sure no one would put forward a film pi More

Posted by Rupert_A at 17:26 on 01 June 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Magazine's 300th Issue: Guest-Editted By The World's Greatest Directors!
Spielberg, Abrams, Mann, Whedon, Fincher, Coppola and many, many more!

Video: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann And Kate Upton Talk The Other Woman
Prepare your mind for the concept of 'dog ball plumage'

The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)