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Screen Talk: Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan’s rise has been meteoric, with a career trajectory that parallels frequent creative collaborator Ryan Coogler, and we welcome him to LFF on the occasion of his latest starring role in Just Mercy to discuss his approach to acting and producing.

With a career trajectory that parallels frequent creative collaborator Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan’s rise has been meteoric. From a stunning, acclaimed performance in Coogler’s Sundance-winning Fruitvale Station in 2013, he went on to global megastar status with an intense, soulful turn as titular pugilist Adonis Creed in the Creed series of films and, as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, he became the ‘baddie’ that everyone loathed to hate. Pre-Fruitvale, Jordan impressed in television with roles in acclaimed shows The Wire when he was still in his teens and, just a few years later, Friday Night Lights. Moving into producing, he started his own company Outlier Society, which has a first look deal with Warner Brothers. A powerful advocate for inclusion in the industry, Outlier was one of the first in 2018 to publicly adopt the Inclusion Rider - a contractual stipulation which requires the hiring of a diverse cast and crew on projects. Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is one of the first projects the company have produced with the Rider in place. The film stars Jordan in a lead role which garnered rave reviews on its recent World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.

Additional information

This talk will be hosted by Clara Amfo, Radio & TV broadcaster.

Tickets £18. Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.

This screen talk is an accessible BSL event for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing and will be BSL interpreted.

See our screenings of Just Mercy.

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