Michael B. Jordan Confirms STAR WARS VII And FANTASTIC FOUR Rumors
It turns out everybody really does want a piece of Michael B. Jordan. Every big movie that has been announced this year seems to have the actor’s name attached in some way or the other. First we heard that he might play the Human Torch in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot. Then the actor was said to have read for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, a Rocky spinoff, and the Independence Day sequel. The actor had dodged questions regarding all those movies and even denied a few on Twitter, but now he’s saying it’s all true.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Jordan revealed that he was indeed in talks to star alongside Sylvester Stallone in a Rocky spinoff and may possibly fill Will Smith‘s shoes in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day sequel. Those are exciting movies in their own right, but Star Wars and Fantastic Four are more in our wheelhouse. Jordan said that he has indeed read for the highly secretive Star Wars movie for an unspecified role:
I mean, everybody’s going in on this project. They’re trying to figure out what they want. That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy! … We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything.
Jordan worked with George Lucas on Red Tails, so his name is well known in the Lucasverse. Having worked on Chronicle with Josh Trank makes him a popular choice for that director as well. Jordan has played coy about the Johnny Storm rumors, but now he’s confirmed he’s been in talks with Trank and the reboot is something he is “definitely interested in…Josh Trank is a buddy of mine.“
A lot of the actor’s popularity has to do with the Sundance winning film Fruitvale Station. Jordan said the success of that movie has opened a lot of doors for him:
You win Sundance, you pop up on a lot of peoples’ radar. So it’s been incredible. It’s a different conversation. Studios, producers, writers, directors — getting to know a lot of people in the industry.
So it seems the Hollywood trades aren’t crazy and everyone really does want Michael B. Jordon to star in every film being made today. I’d imagine with such high profile movies vying for Jordan‘s involvement, he’ll have to choose one over the other. It would be very hard to be Johnny Storm in Fox‘s newly planned franchise and also joining up with the already confirmed trilogy J.J. Abrams is working on. What do you think about Jordan‘s comments? Do you hope he joins up with Star Wars or Fantastic Four?
Source : Huffington Post