The outlet said a representative for Smith did not immediately respond to their request for comment.
Fortunately, alternative planning was in place:
Director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin have been gearing up to start casting the sequel, for which screenwriter James Vanderbilt penned two distinctly different drafts. One featured Smith’s character as the protagonist, while Plan B focuses on other characters.
Emmerich has been meeting with Hollywood’s hottest young actors including “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan, who is high on the studio’s list. Fox execs have thrown Jordan’s name around in several creative meetings — and Jordan is interested in taking on the lead in a blockbuster sci-fi franchise, depending on where it might fit into his increasingly busy schedule. Wow, Michael B. Jordan and Will Smith in the same blockbuster?! That would have been interesting on several levels. You can get the rest of the story at TheWrap.