Since plans to go ahead with Independence Day 2 (re)surfaced last year, information about the highly-anticipated film has slowly trickled in. In June, FOX announced plans to go ahead with a second (and possibly) third installment and confirmed a 2015 release date – a year that is already jam-packed with high profile projects (then again, the most recent report indicated that the sequel may be pushed back to 2016).
Now one of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars could be in talks for a role in the film.
The Wrap is reporting that Michael B. Jordan is being considered for a role in the upcoming sequel. Director Ronald Emmerich is said to have met with a variety of young talent for the film and Jordan is at the top of the casting list.
Following notable small-screen roles in hits like The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood, Jordan caught the attention of filmgoers in last year’s sleeper hit Chronicle. The 26-year-old followed that up up with one of the year’s most buzzed about films, Fruitvale Station. The festival darling tells the haunting true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer on New Year’s Day 2008. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the acclaimed film has generated considerable awards season chatter.
Jordan recently moved into lighthearted territory, wrapping the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller. The actor has also been tapped to take on the drama Pretenders and is rumored to be in the running to collaborate with Chronicle director Josh Tank for the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot as The Human Torch a.k.a. Johnny Storm.
It’s easy to draw parallels between the early part of Jordan’s career and that of Will Smith, who famously headlined the original Independence Day. Not only did Smith get his start on TV, he has managed to balance box office hits and Oscar-nominated performances. If Jordan continues to earn opportunities worthy of his talent, he can follow a similar career tract.
Jordan’s involvement with the Independence Day sequel could mean that, like Smith, the actor plans to juggle major blockbusters and small budget works. Jordan has proved to be a captivating actor and thus could bring depth to an archetypal action movie. That said, his involvement with the film has yet to be confirmed.
Much of the news surrounding ID2 to be up in the air. It’s still unclear whether or not Smith will reprise his role from the original or what the plot of the sequel will be. What is known is that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are slated to return. Said Emmerich about the project:
“It’s changing every month. To put a sequel together of that magnitude is an enormous undertaking. I sometimes say, ‘No, Will Smith will not be in it,’ because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen.”
Emmerich’s last film, White House Down, made just $30 million more than its production budget and wasn’t exactly a critical darling. The project serves as an example that audiences don’t always go for popcorn friendly fluff.
The filmmaker will probably have an easier time getting audiences to turn up for the Independence Day sequel. Released in 1996, the film was not only a massive success, it has also secured its place in pop culture forever. It’s likely that hordes of moviegoers will support its second installment.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see Jordan take on a role for ID2? Let us know in the comments.
Independence Day 2/ID Forever is scheduled to open in theaters on July 3rd, 2015.
Source: The Wrap