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

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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.


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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

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...And don't get me started on Electro being black in the new Spidey movie...! *sigh* More

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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

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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

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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

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