11. Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan has already taken on a world of roles, whether as the boxer Donnie Creed in the revival of the Rocky franchise or Erik Killmonger, T’Challa’s adversary in Black Panther. Part of the reason Killmonger, and Jordan’s work in Fruitvale Station as Oscar Grant, are so effective is because of his ability to create a relationship with a character on a very personal level.
He brought that attitude and track record into an audition for Star Wars upon its return with The Force Awakens, but it did not go so well. Looking back on the experience, Jordan said the following,
"I think that was probably my worst audition to date … I think it was I couldn’t wrap my brain around some of the sides because you know when you’re reading for these high-level projects, there’s never really any specificity in the sides. Everything’s like super vague; everything is in secret. Reading through, I just couldn’t connect it. I definitely bombed that one for sure."
Playing a character as iconic as Luke Skywalker could certainly remove some of that secrecy, though Jordan would likely have a new take on him. You’d like to think Jordan has built up enough of a resume for Disney to put that one audition in the rearview mirror as well. And there’s a good chance that if Ryan Coogler becomes involved in Star Wars, Jordan would follow suit.