Actor Profile: Michael B. Jordan

From cult football drama Friday Night Lights, to political true-story Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan, currently the hottest ticket in the film industry, never does the same thing twice. Diverse, bold, and exceptionally talented, Jordan is on his way to super-stardom (which should arrive some time after Creed does). Don’t wait around to see him first then, have a look-see at his back catalogue, which demonstrates the actors filmic smarts thus far.FRUITVALE

Despite the re-boot of Fantastic 4 not sitting so comfortably with audiences or critics, don’t let that cloud your judgement on Jordan himself, who won five awards for his performance in Ryan Coogler’s Frutivale Station – yes, five for one performance. At only 28 years old, Jordan has starred in ten feature films – eleven when boxing drama Creed makes its debut – and eighteen television series’, with acclaim for his roles as Vince in Peter Berg’s FNL, Oscar in Frutivale‘, and Steve Montgomery in hand-held sci-fi Chronicle.

Not just making waves amongst spectators, Jordan is becoming a firm favourite within the industry itself, teaming up with Ryan Coogler for the second time on Creed – a film which is produced by, and stars, Sylvester Stallone. Despite being in the early stages of his film career (in terms of playing leads), the actor has played roles in an array of acclaimed dramas, including the Idris Elba-led series The Wire.

Having just signed on to join Josh Boone’s Pretenders, expect plenty more in the way of distinct roles from Michael B. Jordan, an actor intent on making a name for himself – and a career – in this coveted industry.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and pal Martin Scorsese team up for Devil In The White City

Long-time collaborator’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are set to pair up once again, this time for an adaptation of The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America. The novel, written by Erik Larson, is based on the true story of American serial killer Dr H. H. Holmes and was released in 2003 to a plethora of acclaim.

Industry favourite DiCaprio acquired the rights to the story in 2010, and now, five years later, production is finally in sight. With the actor and pal Scorsese attached, there was an auction – or as you can imagine, some kind of brawl – over who would distribute the movie, with Paramount coming out on top.

The true-life story takes place in 1893, and centres on both Holmes and architect Daniel H. Burnham. Billy (The Hunger Games) Ray will pen the screenplay, with the feature marking DiCaprio and Scorsese’s sixth cinematic collab. The pair have previously worked together on Gangs of New York, The Departed, and the 2014 memoir adaptation The Wolf of Wall Street.

In a daring role – and one which sticks to DiCaprio’s want to stray from convention – could this be the film to clinch that Academy win for the repeat nominee? Answers on a postcode.

the week’s new releases

This is a new weekly concept I’m trying out – stalking the internet for anything film related that you guys, my awesome readers, might be interested in. Lets give it a go, shall we?

Trailers: This week we’ve had an array of new trailers (mainly of films that attract a large female audience) to set our eyes on – from Kenneth Branagh’s attempt at a live-action Cinderella and the sequel to the 2012 success, Pitch Perfect 2. The latter’s online reaction has been positive, with most excited at a return from Ana Kendrick,Rebel Wilson and the rest of their singing cohorts. If you were a fan of the first (or kinda’ liked it, but weren’t entirely sure on why everyone found it so bloody funny) then the sequel looks to step things up a notch, with more jokes and more crude behavior (don’t pretend you don’t love it). Cinderella, a production from seasoned director Branagh, who has previously tried his hand at Shakespeare (which is not really that far removed from this) and everyone’s favourite monster Frankenstein, is a pretty self-explanatory picture; prepare for love and heartache. Again, initial reaction has been great, and with Helena Bonham Carter starring as the Fairy Godmother and Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremaine (the wicked stepmother), this isn’t going to be some low-grade adaptation. However, having said that, this type of film tends to only draw in a niche audience (those Disney lovers of course), but I’m holding out hopes this will be one for the masses. (Quick note: during the trailer I was all like ‘how cheesy is this’, then up pops Richard Madden, aka Jon Fricken’ Snow and the game has just changed). Lily James is starring as the protagonist of the title, and having made waves already in the Brit film industry (with productions such as Fast Girls and Broken) this is her biggest role yet. And there’s no pressure on playing the most-famous Disney character of all time, is there? Looking at the trailer though, and James’ wrap sheet so far, it looks like this is a rising star moment. Both films will be released in 2015 (May and March respectively).

DVD releases: Releases this week include the tear-jerking romantic drama If I Stay, starring the star of the moment Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia, a teenager in a fatal car crash. The film is an adaptation from Gayle Forman’s weepy novel of the same name, and while critics came at it from an angle of attack (what meanies), box-office wise the film was a hit. If you’re going to give this a go, get your tissues at the ready. Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was released earlier in the week, and featuring a return from Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson (plus a host of new characters and great actors, my personal favourite being Powers Booth) this is going to have to be on your top list of ones to buy. Following the five act formula set out in the first, expect A Dame to Kill For to be an entertaining follow-up to the first, rather than an art inspiration of cult success.

Other news: In other news, Moretz has apparently been signed up for the third (and let it be final) X-Men: Apocalypse as a young Jean Grey. And there are whispers of Rosamund Pike (now a house-hold name after her turn in Gone Girl) having joined The Mountain Between us (a project still in pre-production, based on a young couple and their survival after a plane crash), with everyone’s favourite biker Charlie Hunnam (thank you for saying no to Fifty Shades). The film will be directed by Hany Abu-Assad with the release date TBD.

You can watch the trailers for all of the new releases here:

– Cinderella: https: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McQ_cCBaiac

Pitch Perfect 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ9BJ8-Y0y8

– If I Stay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH6PNeTy6Nc

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iFdPcx0W2w

Let me know what films have got you excited by dropping a comment in the box below!