Our Fantastic Four Michael B Jordan spotlight looks at the 10 Most Pivotal Movie and TV Show Roles in the actor’s career!
Will 2015 be the year that Michael B Jordan becomes a box office superstar?
Jordan has already made the transition from television actor to movie star, but he’s going to have two major tests this year which may determine his ability to bring in a massive audience. First up is the Fantastic Four reboot by director Josh Trank, in which Jordan will play Johnny Storm a.k.a the Human Torch!
In Marvel’s Fantastic Four comics, Johnny Storm is a white man, and there are definitely fans who aren’t happy about Jordan’s casting because of his race. But any arguments about Jordan’s acting ability are just ridiculous. Jordan has more than proven himself as a performer with strong turns in Fruitvale Station, “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood”, among several other roles in film and TV.
To further prove that point, Jordan is headlining Creed, the Rocky spinoff alongside Sylvester Stallone, which will be released later this year. Director Ryan Coogler showed a lot of faith in Jordan by casting him in the title role of Creed, and the first trailer for that movie looks terrific. If Creed connects with audiences, it will complete Jordan’s journey to superstardom.
Ahead of the Fantastic Four’s release on August 7, ComingSoon.net is looking back at the ten most pivotal roles in the career of Michael B Jordan movies and TV shows. Suffice to say, we think he’s got the heart of a champion!
Michael B Jordan TV Shows: The Wire (2002)
One of Jordan’s earliest roles as an actor came on HBO’s “The Sopranos”. But it was his turn on “The Wire” as Wallace that first garnered Jordan a lot of attention from fans and critics. During the first season of “The Wire,” Wallace was a 14-year-old dealer who became disillusioned with the drug trade. But Wallace’s attempt to atone only led to tragedy.
Jordan’s final scene on “The Wire” was particularly memorable, and the repercussions were felt on the series long after he was gone.
Michael B Jordan TV Shows: All My Children (2003)
Look, there is no shame in having worked on a soap opera, especially when it leads to bigger and better things for the actors and actresses. Jordan joined “All My Children” in 2003 as Reggie Porter, and he was quickly put on contract as a regular cast member.
Reggie was eventually adopted by Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey), but Jordan was released from his contract in 2006. That was far from the end of Jordan’s career. In fact, it was just the beginning.
Michael B Jordan TV Shows: The Assistants (2009)
The comedy series “The Assistants” was another stop on the road for Jordan, when it ran for a single season on Nickelodeon’s The N. Jordan was cast in one of the leading roles as Nate Warren, and his co-star, Meaghan Rath, went on to star in Syfy’s “Being Human.”
Michael B Jordan TV Shows: Friday Night Lights (2009)
That same year, Jordan landed his biggest TV role to date on “Friday Night Lights” as Vince Howard, the new quarterback of East Dillon High School under Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler).
By this point, original episodes of Friday “Night Lights” were debuting on DIRECTV before airing on NBC, but it was a significant step forward for Jordan, who stayed with the series for its final two seasons.
Michael B Jordan TV Shows: Parenthood (2010)
During Jordan’s stint on “Friday Night Lights,” he landed a recurring role on NBC’s “Parenthood” as Alex, the boyfriend of Haddie Braverman (Sarah Ramos). In addition to the relationship drama,”Parenthood” gave Jordan more to deal with by setting Alex up as a recovering alcoholic who had fled an abusive home.
Jordan only appeared in 16 episodes of “Parenthood,” but it was still a memorable run.
Michael B Jordan Movies: Red Tails (2012)
Jordan landed a supporting role as Maurice “Bumps” Wilson in Red Tails, director Anthony Hemingway’s movie about the Tuskegee Airmen. During World War II, the Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots who flew in combat missions for the United States Army Air Forces while battling discrimination from their own country as well.
Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, and Ne-Yo headlined Red Tails, but Jordan’s first big film role was just around the corner.
Michael B Jordan Movies: Chronicle (2012)
The new Fantastic Four movie owes a lot to Chronicle. It was Josh Trank’s directorial debut, and Jordan’s biggest cinematic role up to that point. Chronicle was a “found footage” story that revolved around Steve (Jordan), Andrew (Dane DeHaan), and Matt (Alex Russell) after they gained telekinetic powers from a strange object that they found in the woods.
One of the more refreshing aspects of Chronicle is that Trank and co-screenwriter Max Landis didn’t feel the need to make their characters too “good.” They’re all pretty selfish in the way that they use their powers. Andrew just takes it much further than he should have.
Michael B Jordan Movies: Fruitvale Station (2013)
After Chronicle, Jordan landed the lead role in Fruitvale Station, director Ryan Coogler’s film that was based on the death of Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART police officer in San Francisco back in 2009.
Jordan was heavily praised for his portrayal of Grant on the last day of his life. Jordan received several nominations from various film organizations and festivals, a few of which he won. Fruitvale Station is also considered to be Jordan’s biggest breakout role as an actor.
Michael B Jordan Movies: That Awkward Moment (2014)
Jordan’s next film was not as well received as Fruitvale Station, but the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment did place Jordan in a starring role alongside Zac Efron, and Jordan’s future Fantastic Four co-star, Miles Teller.
Not every movie is going to be a big hit, and That Awkward Moment was a modest success at best.
Michael B Jordan Movies: Creed (2015)
Now we’ve reached the future. If Jordan is going to become a superstar, it’s going to happen when Creed is released on November 25, 2015.
During Rocky IV, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) died as a result of injuries suffered in an exhibition boxing match. Director Ryan Coogler and co-screenwriter Aaron Covington deal with the emotional fallout of Apollo’s death in Creed by revealing that Adonis Johnson Creed (Jordan) never knew his father before deciding to follow in his footsteps as a boxer.
Sylvester Stallone is back for his seventh turn as Rocky Balboa, but make no mistake, Creed is Jordan’s film. It will rise or fall depending on how audiences respond to his performance.
But if anyone’s placing bets, we’ll put our money down on Jordan.