Next 3 Michael B. Jordan Movies: 'Just Mercy,' 'Wrong Answer,' 'A Bittersweet Life'

Next 3 Michael B. Jordan Movies: 'Just Mercy,' 'Wrong Answer,' 'A Bittersweet Life'

Nov 26, 2018

Creed II

Michael B. Jordan first gained notice as a teenage drug dealer in David Simon's superb series The Wire way back in 2002. He stood out again on the small screen in both Friday Night Lights and Parenthood before his startling turn in Ryan Coogler's charged, true-life drama Fruitvale Station. That led to his sterling starring role as Adonis Johnson in Coogler's gritty and surprising sports film Creed.

Earlier this year, Jordan showed his range with his gripping, villainous performance in Coogler's Black Panther and he has reprised his role as Adonis Johnson to acclaim in Creed II (above), now playing in theaters nationwide. What else does the still-rising star have in store for his growing legion of fans? We look at three upcoming theatrical projects.

'Just Mercy'

It's been several years since we first heard about this big-screen adaptation of Bryan Stevenson's book, which details his journey as a lawyer who founded a legal practice "dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children." Jordan stars as the crusading attorney, perhaps a far cry from the desperate young man he played in Fruitvale Station (above). He's joined in the legal drama by Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx and Tim Blake Nelson.

Director Destin Daniel Cretton also cowrote the screenplay with Andrew Lanham; he previously worked with Larson on both the acclaimed indie Short Term 12 and the biographical drama The Glass Castle. Warner Bros. has scheduled Just Mercy for theatrical release on January 17, 2020.

'Wrong Answer'

In the video above, Jordan talks about his working relationship with director Ryan Coogler while making Creed. The two will team up again for Wrong Answer. It's based on an article by Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker that detailed how educators in Atlanta cheated on test scores in an effort to help their students. Jordan will play a math teacher; acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose credits include multiple issues of Marvel's Black Panther comic book series, will pen the script.

We haven't heard any more since the initial announcement last year, but that's not surprising in Hollywood, where it can take several years for a project to move through the development process. If the script is in good shape, though, it could be something that Coogler directs before he devotes himself fully to the Black Panther sequel, which he will write and direct. It also sounds like a very good role for Jordan.

'A Bittersweet Life'

In the video above, Jordan talks about his character in Creed II. If things work out, he will be playing a very different sort of role in a new version of A Bittersweet Life. Released in 2005, the original Korean action drama is a very dark tale about a low-level gangster whose loyalties are tested when he is ordered to kill a woman, but instead tries to protect her. Word came last year that Jordan would star in a remake under the direction of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 3, The Darkest Minds).

The original report stated that "the filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential." We're waiting for further announcements about what could be a fascinating film.

Jordan has multiple other projects brewing, including a possible new version of the romantic thriller The Thomas Crown Affair and an adaptation of David Barclay's novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet, which Jordan may direct. We're eager to see whatever he does next on the big screen. 

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