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2013's Breakout Movie Star Is Busy Creating Your Next Favorite TV Show

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | July 31, 2013 | Comments ()


Is it too early to call Michael B. Jordan a “breakout movie star”? Ugh, I guess. But damnit, maybe I can will his much-deserved mega-stardom into existence just by typing it. The kid oozes talent out of every pore. Many of us are already half in love with him thanks to his rock solid work on “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.” He was, without a doubt, the most charismatically great part of last year’s Chronicle. I had hoped that with this year’s Fruitvale Station, his star would be on an unstoppable upwards trajectory. But while the buzz on Fruitvale Station is good, it ain’t great.

But Jordan’s fledgling movie career isn’t the point. The point is that this kid is not content to dazzle in front of the camera, he wants to create his own TV show. And man, I’m sorry to continue to gush so much, but it sounds great. In an interview with Bill Simmons on Monday, Jordan announced he’s developing a basketball-based show set in Detroit. He went on to explain his fascination with the recently bankrupted Motor City: “I just think Detroit is such an interesting city. The automotive industry kind of destroyed that town when they went away and started outsourcing jobs and stuff like that.” Okay, no, not the most eloquent stuff. Not a David Simon-level observation there. But a show like that? Basically the Love Child of “Friday Night Lights” and “The Wire” (or, possibly, “Treme”)? That could be downright incredible. No news on whether or not Jordan would want to act in the project, but, ah, I wouldn’t object.

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  • the dude

    He totally looks better without the 'stache

  • e jerry powell

    I will say it again: Susan Lucci needs a job, and Jordan owes her.

  • dizzylucy

    I'm rooting so hard for this guy. I still haven't seen the Wire, so FNL was my first exposure to him, and he made me care so much about his character. Same on Parenthood.

  • Zombietroy

    Stop. What. You. Are. Doing. and. Watch. It. Now!

  • Holy Godtopus, that is a BEAUTIFUL human being right there. Just UGH.

  • Bananapanda

    It's been about 30 yrs since the White Shadow. Why not go that way?

  • Zombietroy

    I was the White Shadow for all intents and purposes...I played for Bishop Borgess in Redford MI behind Shawn Respert. No 'spect until I earned every minute of playing time.

  • Wigamer

    The scene on Parenthood when he tells Christine that he and Hattie have broken up? Gah...he was so good. The Bravermans should've traded him for Hattie, who I'm pretty sure is the absolute most annoying person on the show.

  • Hattie is the worst. I can't stand that chick AT ALL. I was so glad when they sent her away to college...

  • googergieger

    I love basketball, and even I think that show would be fucking dreadful.

  • John W

    I just wanna see him say: "Flame On!"

  • Spidey Super Comments

    Um. Hello? He voiced Cyborg. HE BROKE OUT. (PS: Fruitvale Station was good, but he was amazing in it.)

  • He's so talented and seriously: siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh what a dreamboat!

  • BWeaves

    OOOO, he almost knows how to wear a suit. Now if he'd just do up the tie, roll down the sleeves and add cufflinks, and I'll be all set.

  • He left out the part about how Detroit seems like it's expressly designed to make you regret being there and to discourage you from ever coming back.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It was implied in "stuff like that." He didn't want to be too much of a downer.

  • Jim Johnson

    It seems silly to say that the buzz for Fruitvale Station isn't great. It's at 94% on RT and 90% with viewers. There's been some Oscar buzz around Jordan as well. Seems pretty great to me.

  • Malware

    He looks like Nick Cannon.

  • Jelinas

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST. Esp. the pix. *sigh*

  • He has done two things which I thought impossible: made me love the new cast of FNL as much as the original and like a character on Parenthood that I'd previously only been greatly annoyed by. Truly, I'm not sure if I would've cared about the new kids on FNL nearly as much if it hadn't been for his heartbreaking (and simultaneously uplifting) work as Vince Howard.

    He NEEDS to be back on my tv in his own vehicle tout suite.

  • d3x

    I think this kid is great. He really does ooze talent and is the star i'm looking forward to the most moving forward

  • d3x

    Why you kill Wallace, Brody?!

  • krish

    Why you kill Wallace, Poot?!!

  • toblerone

    Why you kill Wallace, Bodie?!

  • One of the two time I've actually shrieked watching a TV show (the other time being during the end of the train job episode of Breaking Bad). Still not over it, which is why I haven't checked out Fruitvale Station yet. Wallllllaaaaace!!!

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