According to The Wrap Michael B. Jordan has “had multiple meetings at Fox within the last week” and could be eyeing the role of The Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Trank previously cast Jordan in his breakout hit Chronicle, and the director is likely key in Michael B. Jordan being considered for the reboot.
Historically The Human Torch/Johnny Storm has been portrayed as white and was played by Chris Evans in the the most recent films, however studios have been shaking things up recently in regards to diversity in comic book movies, and rightly so. Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall in Thor, Perry White will be played by Laurence Fishburne in Man of Steel, and Jamie Foxx will play Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. All have been portrayed as white men in the comics and previous adaptations, but casting black actors shouldn’t have much of an impact. It’s all down to how the character is written, after all.
Johnny Storm and Sue Storm are siblings in the comics so if Fox are auditioning white actresses for the role of The Invisible Woman it may require a minor script tweak (adoption, for example). It’ll be a talking point, but ultimately a non-issue if Trank handles the material well. X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is producing, and 20th Century Fox have set the release date for March 6, 2015. Expect more casting news and confirmation on this movie in the near future.