Creed star Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to inhabit a beloved role previously played by Steve McQueen and Pierce Brosnan, with a new remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. Deadline reports that MGM has attached Michael B. Jordan to star, although a deal is still far from being in place. Talks are reportedly in the early stages, but the studio clearly wants to be back in business with the actor, following the success of Creed.
The original version of The Thomas Crown Affair debuted in 1968, starring Steve McQueen as the suave billionaire who helps plan the perfect bank robbery. Faye Dunaway starred as the insurance investigator who starts looking into Crown's possible involvement. The classic received a remake in 1999, with Pierce Brosnan starring as the title character, who, this time around, moonlights as a highly-trained art thief. Rene Russo portrayed the investigator, with Faye Dunaway also starring in a different role, as Crown's unnamed psychiatrist.
The remake made $69.3 million at the domestic box office and $124.3 million worldwide, from a $48 million budget. It remains to be seen if MGM plans on bringing back Pierce Brosnan or Rene Russo to play different roles in this new version. This new report doesn't offer any details about how the new story will unfold, but if Michael B. Jordan does sign on, it will be a big step up for the rising star.
The project doesn't have a screenwriter or director attached at this time, but it's possible the studio is trying to lure in high-caliber filmmakers by attaching Michael B. Jordan early. Unfortunately, it seems highly-unlikely that the actor will reunite with director Ryan Coogler on this project, since he already has signed on to direct Marvel's Black Panther, which is set for release in 2018. The actor starred in the filmmaker's directorial debut, the critically-acclaimed 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, before reuniting with last year's blockbuster Creed.
MGM is also lining up Creed 2 for Michael B. Jordan to return as the title character. We reported last month that MGM wants to release this sequel in late 2017, but the studio will likely have to find a new director, and there have also been reports that Sylvester Stallone won't be back as Rocky Balboa. There have also been rumors that Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to play Boba Fett in Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett, but that hasn't been confirmed. Would you like to see Michael B. Jordan play a young billionaire in The Thomas Crown Affair reboot?