Michael B. Jordan Confirms Audition for Star Wars 7

Rising star among an ever-growing group of actors being eyed for a part in the eagerly awaited new installment

By Josh Grossberg Oct 11, 2013 2:07 PMTags
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If you ask Michael B. Jordan, he wouldn't mind making the jump to light speed like most everybody else in Hollywood.

The former Wire star, who's earning Oscar buzz for his breakthrough role in the Sundance-winning drama Fruitvale Station, is the latest actor to confirm he auditioned for the new Star Wars movie being directed by J.J. Abrams.

In a recently published interview, the 26-year-old Jordan confirmed that following in the footsteps of Atonement star Saoirse Ronan before him, he tried out for an unspecified part in the highly anticipated seventh installment in the space opera series.

Alas, he didn't get to brandish a lightsaber, so he's no Jedi—at least not yet.

But the thespian does have a connection to Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, having had a role in 2012's Red Tails, the war film about the Tuskegee Airmen, which the latter produced.

Since Fruitvale Station's release, Jordan's powerful performance has put him on the list of Tinseltown's most-sought after talents.

He's currently attached to star opposite Sylvester Stallone as Apollo Creed's grandson in a Rocky spinoff entitled Creed. There's also talk of him stepping into Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel now that Will Smith has passed on the project. And Chronicle director Josh Trank is supposedly eyeing him as the Human Torch in a Fantastic Four reboot.

But Star Wars would be a dream come true for the California native.

"I mean, everybody's going in on this project," Jordan said. "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."