In the last 10 years, Michael B. Jordan has proven that he is undoubtedly one of the best actors working in the business today. His career may have started on television, but he has blossomed into a big screen star, and it’s been tremendously exciting for film fans to watch him evolve as a performer. Jordan continues to grow his talents with each new project he takes on, with drama JUST MERCY being the latest prime example.
The highly buzzed-about film is available on AMC Theatres On Demand, so now is the perfect time to fully explore Jordan's impressive career. Join us in looking back at some of the best films of his filmography thus far.
An adaptation of the nonfiction book of the same name, JUST MERCY tells the story of how young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) set up a practice in Alabama in the late 1980s with the goal of helping wrongly convicted individuals on death row get the justice they deserved. It’s an immensely powerful story, and not only does Jordan deliver one of the best performances of his career, but he is also surrounded by outstanding talent including Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Rafe Spall.
A very different kind of film than JUST MERCY, CHRONICLE is the title that turned Jordan into a breakout star. It's a thrilling and well-made mashup of what were two very popular genres back in 2012: superheroes and found footage. Jordan’s role in the movie is a supporting one, but he shines brightly.
If CHRONICLE was the project that put Michael B. Jordan on people’s radars, FRUITVALE STATION is the film that proved to everybody that he is a special talent. The debut of writer/director Ryan Coogler, the film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant III — a young man who was unjustly shot and killed by a police officer — and is a harrowing, gripping and emotional experience. Some argue that Jordan should have earned his first Oscar® nomination for the performance.
Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler proved to make a tremendous team in the making of FRUITVALE STATION, which is why it made all the sense in the world that Warner Bros. handed them the keys to the legacy of ROCKY in the making of CREED. While there was initially some question about whether or not the boxing franchise still had life in it, Jordan and Coogler proved all of the doubters wrong by putting together an excellent sports film. CREED proved that the actor could not only do amazing work in more serious dramas, like JUST MERCY, but also carry a tentpole on his shoulders.
Sticking with blockbusters, Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler teamed up a third time to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while BLACK PANTHER is a very different role for the star, playing a villain for the first time, it’s further proof of his immense talent. Erik Killmonger is one of the great antagonists of the entire MCU franchise, and while the film did ultimately pick up a few Oscars®, it’s a shame that Jordan’s performance didn’t earn more recognition.
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