Twentieth Century Fox’s Fantastic Four is set to release June 19, 2015 yet the majority of the cast remains tight lipped on the details of the film. Thankfully, Michael B. Jordan (in true Johnny Storm fashion) is the most vocal of the group. In a recent interview with The Source, Michael opened up about the film, this time speaking about how it will blend “old” and “new” to create their “fresh” take on the series.
Here is what he had to say:
Q: With “Fantastic Four,” your name was rumored for the part of Johnny Storm for probably since the movie was first announced. How much of a relief was it to actually be able to talk about the role when the cast was announced?
Jordan: Oh man! A huge relief. It was like…walking around knowing that for like a year since me and Josh Trank, we talked about this when he first got the job. It’s something that we tried to make happen. 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. So that’s definitely something that me and Josh celebrated at the wrap. We were just like we did it.
Q: When you said “for about a year” does that mean you were cast in the role about a year ago but nothing could be said?
Jordan: Not cast, but me and Josh … I was his choice. He wanted me to play the role and I wanted to play the role. So it was something that he told me around his birthday about a year and some change ago, right after “Chronicle.” And it was just like cool…let’s try to make this happen.
Q: Can you talk a bit about the experience of playing Johnny Storm?
Jordan: Yeah man it’s been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There’s a lot of personality traits and things to him that people are really going to look forward to seeing. Got 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.
Q: I’m pretty excited about that. Obviously there were a couple of “Fantastic Four” movies released within a span of 10-15 years ago. Did you use anything from Chris Evans’ previous performances to kind of help develop your character at all?
Jordan: Nah. It is a reboot you know, it’s its own thing. It’s its own origins story. I did get a chance to talk to Chris about it, I met him at this event and he was basically like, “Man I can’t give you anything.” 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.
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