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Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox considering Michael B. Jordan for a part in the ID4 sequel

Sep. 26, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Another day, another project that Michael B. Jordan is being sought for. The young FRUITVALE STATION star has been the buzz of Hollywood for projects ranging from the ROCKY spin-off CREED to the role of Human Torch in the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR reboot. The next rumored role for the young actor may be the sequel to INDEPENDENCE DAY.

The Wrap states that while Jordan has not been offered the role, he is high on the list for both 20th Century Fox and director Roland Emmerich. Emmerich has met with several actors for a substantial role in ID FOREVER. Some are assuming that with the sequel taking place years after the original movie that the part Jordan is being sought for could be Will Smith's replacement as the actor has voiced he will not be returning for the new film.

With Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum both agreeing to come back, it would work for the new star to be an original creation, but to keep continuity the part could also be stepson to Smith's Steven Hiller. The character of Dylan in INDEPENDENCE DAY was played by Ross Bagley in the 1996 film but could easily be replaced by Jordan. That would be a nice connection between the two films, albeit not a necessary one.

ID FOREVER is slated to be released in two parts with the first hitting theaters in 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Since they are already being cast in everything, I want Michael B. Jordan and Benedict Cumberbatch to remake 48 HRS.
Source: The Wrap

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8:58AM on 09/27/2013
You said Smith has voiced he will not be returning, but wasn't the last update a couple of weeks ago that he and Emmerich are actually in talks about him coming back, or did I miss an update?
You said Smith has voiced he will not be returning, but wasn't the last update a couple of weeks ago that he and Emmerich are actually in talks about him coming back, or did I miss an update?
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10:33PM on 09/26/2013

Eh

Hope he doesn't do this. This sequel is too late and I don't think will be very good. The original really isn't that good. He's a great actor and I'd much rather him start up a franchise (not F4 tho); then be in a sequel to a fairly average movie from 20 years ago that will probably copy the original beat for beat. But if I was making the film I sure as hell would want him.
Hope he doesn't do this. This sequel is too late and I don't think will be very good. The original really isn't that good. He's a great actor and I'd much rather him start up a franchise (not F4 tho); then be in a sequel to a fairly average movie from 20 years ago that will probably copy the original beat for beat. But if I was making the film I sure as hell would want him.
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8:28AM on 09/27/2013
Agreed. Young actors can't afford to be choosy with projects but Michael B. Jordan's much too good for what will likely be a disappointing sequel. Hell, if they're going young for Black Panther, he (or John Boyega) would be a great choice.
Agreed. Young actors can't afford to be choosy with projects but Michael B. Jordan's much too good for what will likely be a disappointing sequel. Hell, if they're going young for Black Panther, he (or John Boyega) would be a great choice.
6:48PM on 09/26/2013
Now this I would like to see him in. Not Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four film.

He would obviously be playing Smith's son which would be great casting. And I won't lie, I would love to also see Smith sign back on for this. Just to have the team of Smith, Goldblum, and Pullman back would be awesome.
Now this I would like to see him in. Not Johnny Storm in the new Fantastic Four film.

He would obviously be playing Smith's son which would be great casting. And I won't lie, I would love to also see Smith sign back on for this. Just to have the team of Smith, Goldblum, and Pullman back would be awesome.
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6:01PM on 09/26/2013
That would be a solid pick up. Will Smith needs to come back though hopefully after how shitty After Earth did he will want to come back to a movie that will be successful.
That would be a solid pick up. Will Smith needs to come back though hopefully after how shitty After Earth did he will want to come back to a movie that will be successful.
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5:24PM on 09/26/2013
What movie is he not up for? Cast the bastard in a movie already and shut up!
What movie is he not up for? Cast the bastard in a movie already and shut up!
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4:45PM on 09/26/2013
Are they also going to cast grown-up Mae Whitman?
Are they also going to cast grown-up Mae Whitman?
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4:28PM on 09/26/2013
Lol, I've nothing against the guy, I quite like him even...

... But isn't there anything he ISNT up for? Star Wars, Fantastic Four reboot and now id4 sequel...

With all the rumours I'd be amazed if Jordan and Benedict "also rumoured for every film" Cumberbatch don't take out some monopoly on Hollywood.
Lol, I've nothing against the guy, I quite like him even...

... But isn't there anything he ISNT up for? Star Wars, Fantastic Four reboot and now id4 sequel...

With all the rumours I'd be amazed if Jordan and Benedict "also rumoured for every film" Cumberbatch don't take out some monopoly on Hollywood.
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4:03PM on 09/26/2013
Definitely Will Smith's son. It's just too easy. This would be a good move for them if they can get Jordan, he seems like he has basically his pick of projects these days though.
Definitely Will Smith's son. It's just too easy. This would be a good move for them if they can get Jordan, he seems like he has basically his pick of projects these days though.
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