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Michael B. Jordan, who has become an increasingly acclaimed actor in front of the camera, will soon be stepping behind it. The Creed actor is set to make his directorial debut in the feature film adaptation of the novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet. The film rights to the David Barclay Moore novel were acquired by Endeavor Content with the intention of developing it is a directing vehicle for Michael B. Jordan. The actor will also produce the film that will see David Barclay Moore on scripting duties, adapting his own novel.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet is a young reader book and the debut novel for David Barclay Moore. It tells the story of an African American youth who must find his way safely through the projects of Harlem following the loss of his older brother to gang violence. He is aided by the power of his imagination and the magic of Legos. The novel was only released this past September and has garnered critical acclaim, so it is not surprising that it has already been pegged for a film adaptation.
The actor found something that spoke to him in the novel and a smaller, more intimate project like The Stars Beneath Our Feet sounds like the right kind of film for him to cut his teeth on. The plight of inner city African American youth is familiar subject matter for the actor who received critical acclaim for his work in Fruitvale Station. Michael B. Jordan also spoke to Deadline about his desire to take on the challenge of directing and the inspiration he drew from previous directors he has worked with. The actor has been directed by talented young filmmakers, including Josh Trank and frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler. This film sounds like it could be a very interesting combination of very real issues and emotions mixed with fantastical segments.
Michael B. Jordan, who first became known to most audiences as Wallace in The Wire, has been making some very interesting choices in what projects he takes on. He is striking a nice balance between audience-friendly blockbuster fare, with more personal artistic projects. In a few months he will be playing the villainous Erik Killmonger in Marvel's Black Panther. He will also be taking on the lead role of Ray Montag in HBO's adaptation of the iconic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, and is expected to reprise his role of Adonis Johnson in Creed 2, which will see Sylvester Stallone in the director's chair. According to Deadline, Ryan Coogler will also re-team with the actor for Wrong Answer, a true story about standardized test cheating in Atlanta high schools, to be scripted by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet does not yet have a release date. For all of the biggest movies coming out next year, check out our 2018 movie release schedule.