An accomplished young actor whose past credits on TV shows Friday Night Lights and Parenthood were the subject of a minor fan base, he also appeared in last year’s Red Tails and Chronicle. However, he has been making the headlines this year for his breakthrough lead performance in Fruitvale Station (still without a UK release date), wherein he plays unfortunate shooting victim Oscar Grant. Critical acclaim and a decent-sized box office success for the film projected Jordan as a talent to pay close attention to in the future, and it certainly seems to be coming to fruition according to the actor himself.
He has confirmed to The Associated Press that he has auditioned for some of Hollywood’s biggest forthcoming properties, including the Fantastic Four reboot, set to be directed by Jordan’s Chronicle director Josh Trank, Roland Emmerich’s sequel Independence Day 2 which is rumoured to be focused on Will Smith’s son from the first film, and, of course, the big one… that being J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.
Of the latter, Jordan reveals great enthusiasm for auditioning for an as-of-yet unspecified part. “I mean, everybody’s going in on this project,” Jordan says. “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.” Interesting how Jordan says everyone’s auditioning for it, the exact excuse one Saoirse Ronan had when she was confronted with the rumours earlier this month. They’ve both clearly gone in for it, maybe that’s what they’ve been asked to say by Abrams and crew to keep the well-kept secrets hidden?
Of the Fantastic Four reboot, in which he is heavily rumoured to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jordan shows great optimism in how much he’s “definitely interested in the project… Josh Trank is a buddy of mine,” added coyly. As for Independence Day 2, he says that “if that came true, that would be cool, too,” although again he remained in the dark about what part he auditioned for.
From the sounds of it all, it seems that Michael B. Jordan is definitely on his way to the big leagues within the next few years. Before all of that, however, he is signed on to another franchise of sorts, the Rocky spinoff known as Creed in which Jordan will play the grandson of character Apollo Creed who is taught the art of boxing by, who else, Rocky Balboa himself as played by a returning Sylvester Stallone. Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler is also on-board to pen a draft of the spin-off.
Either way, be excited if any of his auditions prove to be successful – Michael B. Jordan is going to rise higher than any of us could have ever imagined…
And for those of you who want to see a bit of him in action, here’s the trailer for Fruitvale Station to get your anticipation levels boiling.