Will Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan star in Independence Day 2?
According to TheWrap, the actor is currently being sought out to star in Roland Emmerich’s forthcoming sequel. Although Jordan has not been officially offered the role, the actor is reportedly at the top of the studio’s list.
While Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel, the verdict is still out on Will Smith.
A rep for Smith told TheWrap that the actor’s status regarding the Independence Day sequel remains the same, meaning he’s not officially involved at this time. But according to director Emmerich, the 45-year-old could possibly return.
“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 where we want to talk about it again. So, anything can happen,” Emmerich told Digital Spy during a recent interview.
As for what fans can expect, the director revealed to EW that the sequel will pick up where the last film ended, but 20 years later.
“The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back. And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years,” Emmerich said.
The sequel to the 1996 flick Summer blockbuster is set to premiere in July of 2015, but could be pushed to 2016.
HipHollywood reached out Smith and Jordan’s reps for comment and are waiting on word back.
‘It’ Review: How Scary Is It?
As one can imagine, It is scary as sh*t.
The big screen adaptation has all the scares from the classic novel and the TV miniseries, following Pennywise as he haunts the small fictitious town of Derry, Maine, popping out of the sewer, snatching kids left and right.
But what makes this one a little more tolerable, in my opinion, is the focus director Andres Muschietti pays to these seven kids, or “The Losers,” as they call themselves.
This time around, we really get to know who they are, understand their stories and personalities, and they are quite lovable and hilarious, riding around on their bikes during their summer break, chasing down a horrifying monster.
Unlike the TV miniseries, Muschietti (known for horror flicks like Mama) focuses on them as pre-teens, not adults.
In a lot of ways, It will remind you of Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stephen King adaptation of Stand By Me … but who cares. You’re going to be relieved by moments of comic relief in between the haunting imagery.
I’d say it’s 50 percent scare and 50 percent story, and that story has a message about your facing fears. These kids really come of age in this film and find out how tough they really are.
You’ll also be pleased to know it’s only 135 minutes long – but to do so they had to ditch all that vision quest stuff, the cosmic turtle and that ridiculous child orgy.
In the end, that leaves more screen time for Pennywise (and some of his other shapeshifting characters) to scare the crap out of you with his creepy clown face and razor-sharp teeth.
My verdict is go see It (pun intended).
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