Michael B. Jordan’s Flare

The Rising Star of Black Panther

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BY: Claire Connors

After appearing in such revered television like The Wire and Friday Night Lights, Michael B. Jordan broke our hearts in his first leading film role as Oscar Grant, the doomed protagonist in the fact-based drama, Fruitvale Station (2013). Director Ryan Coogler next tapped the California-born, New Jersey-raised Jordan to star in his critically acclaimed Rocky followup, Creed (2015).

Coogler has also brought Jordan on for what is one of the most anticipated films of 2018, Black Panther, starring every hot young black actor on the planet: Chadwick Boseman as the superhero, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner, Sterling K. Brown.

Next up for Jordan, he stars in the HBO film, Fahrenheit 451as a fireman who’s job in a dystopian future is to start fires–the burning of books–rather than put them out. And he’ll collaborate again with Coogler this year in Wrong Answer, the true story of a teacher who altered his students test scores to get government funding.

Of course, the serious actor can also play sexy (he was adorable in That Awkward Moment) and will soon star in a remake of the exciting, art-caper thriller, The Thomas Crown Affair—no word yet on who will play his nemesis and lover.

Creed II is in production and there are rumors that Jordan is being considered for The Matrix prequel, playing the younger Morpheus. Looks like at least two new franchises are in the works for the hard working actor.

Black Panther opens February 16th.