While Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has yet to begin production, rumors surrounding the new cast of the Fox franchise reboot have already begun to surface.
According to Deadline, Girls star Allison Williams is on the short list for the film, presumably as the Invisible Woman, while The Wrap states Chronicle and Friday Night Lights actor Michael B. Jordan is in contention for the role of the Human Torch.
While the rumors of Williams’ involvement come as somewhat of a surprise, it’s Jordan’s possible casting that will likely cause more discussion. The African-American actor would deviate from the comic book version of the character, who’s white. (The Human Torch was played by Chris Evans in the original film.) However, his consideration doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Jordan appeared in Chronicle and has impressed critics with his performances on The Wire and in the recent Sundance film Fruitvale Station. According to The Wrap, Jordan has had “multiple meetings at Fox within the last week” and his chances depend largely on his chemistry with the other actors up for the film.
Produced by Matthew Vaughn with a script by Jeremy Slater and Seth Grahame-Smith, Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is set for release March 6, 2015.