8:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
Captain America Approves of Fox's New Johnny Storm
Michael B. Jordan may have been a controversial choice to play Johnny Storm in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four for Fox but, as he revealed in a recent interview, he has the seal of approval from Captain America himself.
Talking to The Source, the actor said that he had a chance to compare notes with Chris Evans, who — prior to personifying Marvel's star-spangled Avenger — had played the previous incarnation of Johnny Storm in 2005's Fantastic Four and the 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer.
“I met him at this event and he was basically like, ‘Man I can’t give you anything,’” Jordan told the magazine. "He said, ‘You’re great, you’re awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It’s gonna be fun.’ That was just a really cool piece of information, words of encouragement from the guy who killed the role. He really did a really great job and hats off to him with how talented he is cause he’s doing an amazing job with Captain America. I really enjoy those films as well so that’s kind of pretty much where that was.”
Calling Storm “such an iconic character,” Jordan said that he and Trank had been discussing the role for a year before his casting was announced. “It was something that he told me around his birthday about a year and some change ago, right after Chronicle,” he explained. “We knew we had a lot of obstacles in the way and a lot of mountains to move but, you know, for whatever reason things just fell into place and... Fox believed in the situation and believed in me and yeah, we got it done.”
The new movie, he teased, has “a lot of original Johnny stuff in there and then you have — not a new take but a fresh take. We have a different take on different things as well. I could go on and on about it but I think it’s something that people will enjoy.”
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release June 19, 2015.