When it was first announced back in February that Fruitvale Station actor Michael B. Jordan had officially been cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, the casting decision was met with quite a bit of criticism. However despite all the criticism, it would seem that Jordan is getting a nod from someone who knows the role very well.
When you mention the name Chris Evans, the first thing on everyone’s mind is now Captain America, or Steve Rogers. However, before he donned the red, white, and blue, he was more of just a blue kind of guy.
Some of you may remember that Evans played the role of Johnny Storm, also known as The Human Torch, in the 2005 film Fantastic Four alongside Jessica Alba, and the film’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
While doing a press junket for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Evans told the NY Daily News that he was excited to see what Jordan could do with the role, and that he felt somehow connected to him now.
“It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it, but when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait.” Evans told the NY Daily News. “I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, that guy is so good. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to do, because I know he’s going to reinvent it in a way that I could never have imagined. It’s almost like we’re sharing, the character is ours. I feel like I’m connected with him in a way, It’s a nice feeling.”
Early in March, Jordan addressed the criticisms himself, telling fans that he didn’t really let it bother him, and that his intention is to go into the project and do the best job he can; however, you have to admit that a nod from the man who brought the character to life on the screen before you is a bit of a boost to even the most seasoned actor’s confidence.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait quite some time before we will be able to see Jordan in the role that has created so much buzz. We are still a little over a year before the film’s release.
What do you think of Michael B. Jordan’s casting as Johnny Storm? Despite all the criticism, do you think the actor will be able to do the role justice? Do you think the case for his casting has been helped at all by Evans’ endorsement? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
The Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released on June 19, 2015.