Likely because of his star turning role in Fruitvale Station this past summer, Michael B. Jordan is on the rise and deservedly so. His name has been attached to a few high-profile roles in films such as the Fantastic Four reboot, the Rocky spin-off Creed, Star Wars: Episode VII, and now the Independence Day sequels.
The Wrap has reported that Jordan is in contention for a “major role” in Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequels. Jordan has apparently met with Emmerich and 20th Century Fox. It’s been reported that Emmerich has met with not only Jordan, but also “several up-and-coming actors.” An official offer hasn’t been made yet.
It’s still unclear whether Will Smith will return for the sequels or not. 20th Century Fox isn’t against the idea of going ahead with the sequels without Will Smith due to the actor’s high salary demands. Apparently, Smith has asked for a whopping $50 million to appear in both sequels.
While I’m sure Fox could meet Smith’s demands if they really need him to star, but perhaps they don’t even need him for the sequels at all. Emmerich has said before that the sequels will mainly focus on the son (originally played by Ross Bagley) so maybe even if Smith returns, it’ll be a much more minor role. If this is true, then it makes sense for Smith to hand over the baton to Jordan to take over the franchise.
According to The Wrap, Emmerich has recently sat down with screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) and producers to discuss the sequel. The sequel, titled ID Forever: Part 1, was expected to arrive in theaters on July 3rd, 2015 but now it’s been speculated that the film may be delayed to 2016, the 20th anniversary of the first film.
In an interview with Vulture last month, Jordan said that he wants to “make smart choices and do movies that appeal to everybody and playing characters that aren’t written for the black guy.” He went on to say, “I want to play that action hero, that guy that saves the day.” Hmm, interesting.
What do you think?