Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station, and always the former quarterback of the Dillon Lions and always Wallace from The Wire might be in a position to step up to the Will Smith A-List, hopefully without the crazy Scientology movies. He’s met with Roland Emmerich on the Fox Lot, probably to talk about ID4 Forever, Part 1, the Independence Day sequel that Emmerich and screenwriter James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man) plan to deliver in July 2015, or maybe 2016.
There’s a lot of ‘maybe’ all around ID4 Forever, Part 1, hopefully a bunch of it around that clunker of a title. There’s also Will Smith who has gone from not involved to maybe involved to not officially involved where he’s currently waiting for, you know, a script or offer or something.
The Wrap speculates that Jordan might get the franchise in a hand-off from Smith, freeing them up from paying Will Smith fees on ID4 Forever, Part 2: Nothing Last Forever on Arbor Day.
It would make sense as Fox seems to have an interest in Michael B. Jordan, he of Chronicle, which did surprisingly well and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot that’s probably going to have him in flames.
With Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman already committed to returning, I’m becoming mildly interested in the cast even if it’s hard to drum up any enthusiasm for the thought of a two-part Independence Day sequel.