(Image from the upcoming film “Black Panther”)
In the past few years, Michael Bakari Jordan has become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. Many would point to the Ryan Coogler directed “Fruitvale Station” as his first attempt at re-inventing himself since “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” ended. “Fruitvale Station” showed audiences that Jordan was ready to step into another realm of filmmaking by tackling the sad story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old father that was murdered by a police officer. Through his developed friendship with director Ryan Coogler, Jordan may have caught the directing bug.
According to DEADLINE, Jordan will make his directing debut by adapting the David Barclay novel ‘The Stars Beneath Our Feet’ which will also be written and produced by Barclay himself. The story centers around a boy that tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death.
This news comes at a busy time for Jordan as his next film, “Black Panther”, is the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which to date has grossed over 13 billion dollars at the global box office. “Black Panther” will be the third time that Jordan and Coogler have teamed up (“Fruitvale Station”, “Creed”).
Jordan is also expected to step back into his role as the son of Apollo Creed in the upcoming “Creed” sequel directed by Sylvester Stallone.
Recently, Jordan sat down with Vice Sports to share his story on how he first got started.