‘Chronicle’ Actor Michael B. Jordan Being Eyed for ‘Independence Day 2′

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Michael B Jordan in Talks for Independence Day 2 Chronicle Actor Michael B. Jordan Being Eyed for Independence Day 2

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.

Michael B Jordan in Chronicle Chronicle Actor Michael B. Jordan Being Eyed for Independence Day 2

Michael B. Jordan in ‘Chronicle’

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.

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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

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  1. But Johnny Storm isn’t Black, oh wait..


    • Hahaha knew it.

  2. I’d totally be down for Michael B. Jordan to be in this ID4. While I don’t think there should be sequels to ID in the first place, his casting does intrigue me.

  3. Michael B. Jordan and Benedict Cumberbatch..

    The two actors I feel like are rumored to be cast in every movie coming out.

    • +1

      Michael B. Jordon is on the verge of blowing up.

      • I’m also really hoping he gets the role of Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, he’d do great!

  4. annnnnnd that just killed it.

    he reminds me of a mini drake (rapper)

  5. I lol’d so hard at this. He is the epitome of a perfect replacement for Will Smith.

  6. Dude is a great young actor. Have loved his work in FNL and Fruitvale. Give him and Aaron Paul a show together and it would be perfect.

  7. Could he be playing the older version of the kid of will smiths girlfriend?

    • that’s what I thought when I first saw the headline.

    • +1 Thought the same also

  8. A poor man’s Will Smith. Lazy, stale casting.

    • ^^nah ,poor man Will Smith is Anthony Mackie. he sounds like Will and the roles he has had could have easily fit Will if Will didn’t cost so much $$$$

    • considering will smith makes anywhere from $20 million to $35million per movie, seems to me you don’t have to be “poor” not to be able to afford him. I think it’s a smart move casting rising stars. when smith first appeared in ID he was a rising star at the time (on the big screen, anyway)

  9. These movies need Will Smith. I think he’s the reason most of the people would watch a sequel to ID.

  10. Yea, but where the f is Wallace?

    • RIGHT!!!!

  11. Sorry jordan is no human torch .. period . The better choice to change ethnicity would be the thing with a older more seasoned black actor ( showing how ben grimm pulled his way from the yancy street gang to college and test pilot ) so just keep jordan free from FF so we don’t get another IM3 manderin disappointment .

    • Did you read the whole headline?

  12. I immediately thought he’d play the grown up kid from the first.

    I just hope we get Goldblum back in some way. He was the reason I loved the original.

  13. Just curious. Why are you opposed to a black actor playing a historically white Johnny Storm, but you’re okay with black actor playing a historically white Ben Grimm? Also, why does a black Ben Grimm have to work his way up from a street gang?

    • Because it validates his own stereotypical beliefs.

    • Actually Ben Grimm is Jewish (ethnicity). But truth of the matter is that these are comic book characters and not historical icons so racial authenticity shouldn’t really be a problem barring a couple of exceptions (Luke Cage, Black Panther). As long as the essence of the character is intact I have no problem with writers and studios shaking things up racially when it comes to CBM and such.

  14. Ben grimm being black would be a positive for FF as well as being a lot more realistic modern take on him. To say it’s ignorant just reminds me of all those talking heads that comment on tv about inner city life that never grew up the projects or neighborhoods they would never go to ( i grew up in thoseplaces ) but i’m supposed to buy an adopted human torch instead of someone liberating himself from that situation trough hard work and moral strength so that out of touch social elite goons can feel good about rescuing some poor kid in the hood is really insulating to all those people that have . Ben grimm is the moral soul of the FF and would be a great uplifting role model for inner city kids going to see FF as well as opening up great stories dealing against bigotry that was touched on in the early comics ( ben grimm is jewish !) so the only stereotype i see is the lame touch just to be pc .