Michael B. Jordan, the new Human Torch? (Photo: Getty Images/20th Century Fox)
Actor Michael B. Jordan is a rising talent who's generating a lot of press these days, and rightfully so. Jordan, who melted hearts as a youngster on "The Wire" and later with "Friday Night Lights," is making waves this year for two reasons: first and foremost for his critically-acclaimed work in this year’s festival darling "Fruitvale Station," but also because he is rumored to be taking on the role of Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot which is being directed by his "Chronicle" helmer Josh Trank.
Yahoo! Movies recently caught up with Jordan at the Los Angeles press day for "Fruitvale Station" — which opens in limited release July 12 — where we asked the very likable and talented young star about those pesky Torch rumors and when Fox will announce his casting already.
So when can we start officially talking about you as the Human Torch?
Michael B. Jordan: [Laughs] I don’t know if they’re going to, I don’t know.
We need to start harassing Fox to make that announcement!
MBJ: Yeah you gotta talk to [the studio].
Well then, hypothetically speaking, what do you like about superhero movies and possibly tackling a role like that?
MBJ: I’m an escapist. I’m big into fantasy and sci-fi, Japanese animation, comic books and stuff like that. It’s fun to play a role or a guy that’s not human-like, superhuman; it’s fun. In "Chronicle," I had an amazing time doing it because it fulfilled my childhood fantasies of flying and having powers. There are so many pluses to it for me personally that if it were to ever become real in any situation with any superhero character, if it made sense I would love to do it, or even if it didn’t make sense.
What do you think about all the talk about you in this role and the Internet storm that comes with comic book movies in general?
MBJ: It's entertaining to see things online and to read the comments, the good, the bad, just to see what’s out there. It’s been insane to watch how one little rumor can spread like wildfire, I've seen it happen to other actors in so many situations and I'm like 'Really?' I guess it can happen for me.
What for you is most exciting about the possibility of being in a superhero movie? Is it getting into shape, or getting to do the stunts yourself?
MBJ: Both of those. I would get in ridiculous shape. I’m going to try my hardest not to have my clothes on and it would definitely be the flying and stuff and all the stunts and all that.
We’re not ones to read between the lines, but it seems as though a deal is close. Fingers crossed we get an official announcement sooner rather than later. And be sure to check back for more from Jordan about making "Fruitvale Station" soon.
Watch Michael B. Jordan in the trailer for 'Fruitvale Station':
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