Michael B. Jordan eyed for ‘Independence Day’ sequel

Actor Michael B. Jordan

Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the after party at the New York premiere of FRUITVALE STATION, hosted by The Weinstein Company, BET Films and CIROC Vodka on July 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

No Will Smith? No problem.

Producers of the highly anticipated sequel to the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day are reportedly considering Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan for a lead role.

The original sci-fi action film remains the highest-grossing film of Will Smith’s career, but he has apparently he’s become to pricey to cast for a second go-round.

“Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name,” director Roland Emmerich told the New York Daily News in June“It would be too much.”

Snagging Jordan would be a coup since he’s hot off his breakout performance as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale and is poised to play Apollo Creed’s son in an upcoming Rocky spin-off.

The 26-year-old is also said to be in the running for the role of the Human Torch in an upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

The Independence Day follow-up is currently scheduled for 2015 but may be pushed back to 2016. What role Jordan may play is unclear at this time.