‘The Wire’ actor Michael B Jordan wanted for ‘Independence Day 2’

The sequel is set for release in July 2015 but it's unclear if Will Smith will be returning

The Wire‘s Michael B Jordan is reportedly being lined up for a key role in Independence Day 2.

According to TheWrap, the 26-year-old actor has been for a meeting with director Roland Emmerich and is “highly regarded” by makers 20th Century Fox. However, he has yet to be formally offered a part and official casting news isn’t expected until nearer Christmas.

Earlier this month (September) Emmerich revealed that Will Smith was in talks to reprise his role as Captain Steve Hillier from the original Independence Day. However, at present it is unclear whether Smith is actually likely to sign up or not.

Emmerich has already confirmed that Bill Pullman will be back as President Thomas J Whitmore and Jeff Goldblum will be returning as geeky computer expert David Levinson. The original film, released in 1996, followed a last-ditch effort to thwart an alien invasion taking place on July 4 – the day of America’s annual Independence Day holiday.

Emmerich wrote the original Independence Day with Dean Devlin and the pair also collaborated on the script for the sequel, which is now getting a rewrite from James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac). 20th Century Fox have given Independence Day 2 a release date of July 3, 2015.

Meanwhile, Michael B Jordan is reportedly in the frame for another major role in a blockbuster – that of the Human Torch in the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot.