Award-winning actor, Michael B. Jordan is set to jump on a director’s seat for the first time in his film career.
The actor rose to fame after his appearance on Ryan Coogler’s production, Fruitvale Station in 2013. This is a biography based on Oscar Grant the third, an African-American man shot by a white police officer on a subway platform.
His acting career shot up when he played lead alongside Sylvester Stallone on sports drama film, Creed, which is a spinoff and sequel of the Rocky Film franchise.
Although he has featured in a number of films and television series prior, including Pastor Brown, The Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and Fantastic Four, All My Children, Friday Night Lights and The Wire — his role on the critically acclaimed Creed catapulted him into superstardom.
He scooped ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award, the ‘Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture’ award for Creed and the ‘National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor’ at the NAACP Awards as well as BET’s ‘Best Actor’ award in 2016.
He is the guy behind the voice of Pretty Boy Flizzy, an R&B artist whose role seemed to be uttering unapologetic apologies to his fans for his troublesome personal life on Boondocks’ fourth season.
The 30-year-old also has a major role in an upcoming superhero film that is about to change the game in the superhero fraternity. He plays villain N’Jadaka (Erik Killmonger) in Marvel Entertainment’s Black Panther, which premiers in February 2018.
Jordan will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of David Barclay Moore’s first novel, ‘The Stars Beneath Our Feet’.
It tells a story of a 12-year-old boy who lives in the projects in Harlem with his mother. He loses his older brother to a nightclub shooting in the Bronx. Lego, brought as a gift by his mother’s girlfriend, may be the only thing that keeps him going.
Jordan told Deadline that directing has been an area that he always wanted to explore.
‘The Stars Beneath Our Feet tells a story that really spoke to me, and I’m looking forward to jumping behind the camera. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented directors and it inspired me to take on this new challenge.’
Film directing is a different territory, however, the Californian has proven himself as an actor countless times — so, we don’t doubt that he will impress us with his directing skills.
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