Will Smith was a star before he appeared in Independence Day, but the 1996 film vaulted him into the stratosphere. The same could happen for Michael B. Jordan, star of Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Fruitvale Station. Jordan (who may also be up for Star Wars Episode VII) is said to be eyed for a “major role” in Roland Emmerich‘s Independence Day sequel, ID Forever Part I. No offer has been made but the actor has reportedly met with the director, the director liked him. As do execs at 20th Century Fox, who might also still be considering him for Fantastic Four. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Saoirse Ronan isn’t the only rising star J.J. Abrams has his eye on, at least if this latest rumor is to be believed. According to a new report, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo have also read for Star Wars: Episode VII, though of course nothing is confirmed at this point. Abrams is famously secretive about his upcoming projects, and Star Wars is no exception.
That being said, the filmmaker did recently offer some vague yet encouraging statements about what he has in mind for the new film. Hit the jump to read up on the casting rumors and Abrams’ comments.
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Director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who paired up on this year’s awards contender Fruitvale Station, are in early talks to direct and star in Creed. Creed is a spin-off from Sylvester Stallone‘s breakout and Oscar winning film Rocky. It will follow the grandson of Apollo Creed, famously played in the Rocky films by Carl Weathers. Stallone would return to reprise his role, which would have him mentoring the aspiring boxer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
For a geeky dude, Andrew Garfield‘s Peter Parker does pretty well with the ladies. He got himself into a relationship with the amazing Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man, and over the next couple of installments he’ll also cross paths with Mary Jane Watson and Felicia Hardy. But Garfield thinks it’s high time Peter broadened his dating horizons.
In a recent interview, he floated the idea of a male MJ — which would, of course, mean a gay or bisexual Spider-Man. And he thinks Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan would be just the guy to sweep Spidey off his feet. Read Garfield’s comments after the jump.
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Is it possible that Wolverine and Spider-Man could appear on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? How did Michael B. Jordan react when asked about Fantastic Four, on camera? Did a Cleveland reporter get a huge scoop about The Avengers 2 on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Want to see a video of a stunt from that set? Is Conan O’Brien excited about Man of Steel? Which day has been officially dubbed Man of Steel day? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four hasn’t announced any stars just yet, but we got some tantalizing hints a couple weeks back when Michael B. Jordan and Allison Williams were rumored for major roles. The reports got a lot of buzz, most of it good — but predictably, there were a few folks unhappy with the fact that Jordan is black, whereas Johnny Storm has traditionally been portrayed as white.
While Jordan won’t confirm his casting right now, he was happy to address some of the negative feedback he’s gotten. Put simply, he doesn’t see why his race should be a problem: “It’s 2013.” Hit the jump to read the rest of his comments.
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I was very moved by Ryan Coogler‘s film Fruitvale Station when it played Sundance under the title Fruitvale. Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar, a young man detailed by police at an Oakland, CA BART station after a brawl on a train early on New Year’s Day. The night ended in tragedy, and the cell phone cameras carried by many witnesses documented an almost inexplicable display of police force.
The film succeeds by drawing a portrait of Oscar as a troubled young man with ambitions rather than pretending he was a saint. Jordan’s performance is impressive and he displays an incredible ability to express himself in bursts of energy without going outside the tone that Coogler generally strives to maintain. This first trailer gives you a good look at all of Oscar’s characteristics, from his serious problems to his best moments. It comes right up to the line of showing precisely how the night ended, and is a good primer for the film. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Let’s be real: Superhero movies have historically tended to be lily-white affairs. Sure, there’s the occasional Nick Fury or Storm or War Machine, but the vast majority of leading heroes have been Caucasian. If a new casting rumor is to be believed, though, Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four could be an exciting exception.
Trank is reportedly considering his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, a traditionally white character who was played by Chris Evans in earlier films. Combined with whispers from earlier this week that Allison Williams could play Sue Storm, it looks like casting on the movie is starting to heat up. More information after the jump.
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