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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Michael B. Jordan Shines In The Stirring First Trailer for the Sundance Drama, 'FRUITVALE STATION'

You may have heard me mention on a recent "Cinema in Noir" podcast that although actor Michael B. Jordan has ample amount of potential to become the next It guy, I have yet to see him in a breakthrough role he deserves. (Yes, I am one of the very few who haven't seen an episode of "The Wire." I have, however, seen Jordan in Red Tails and TV's "Parenthood." It was his performance in the latter that made me take notice of him).

Flash forward to today, when the trailer of his newest film, FRUITVALE STATION, dropped and  eliminated any doubt I could have had about him. The drama, which has been much talked about since it wowed audiences back at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, tells the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant (Jordan), unarmed and fatally shot in the back by a police officer after a disturbance on New Years Eve in 2009. Read more about the film in its synopsis below (from Ropes of Silicon):

Oscar Grant was a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who loved his friends, was generous to strangers, and had a hard time telling the truth to the mother of his beautiful daughter. He was scared and courageous and charming and raw, and as human as the community he was part of. That community paid attention to him, shouted on his behalf, and filmed him with their cell phones when BART officers, who were strong, intimidated, and acting in the way they thought they were supposed to behave around people like Oscar, shot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day in 2009.

First time feature director and writer, Ryan Coogler, helms what looks to be a remarkable debut effort that will hopefully resonate with an even wider audience in light of last year's Trayvon Martin case, which sparked a national outcry.

The movie also stars Chad Michael Murray and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (as Oscar's mother, Wanda). Check out the trailer:




This is definitely on my radar to watch. FRUITVALE STATION hits theaters July 26th.

5 comments:

Angella said...

i was really impressed by Michael B. Jordan in Friday Night Lights season 3 and 4. It was definitely some of his best work. He pretty much carried those two seasons on his back. Really talented guy.

Scene Creek said...

Really looking forward to this flick! Michael B. Jordan definitely has the potential to be one the next big actors. Absolutely loved him in The Wire and Chronicle!

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Been hearing great things about this film. Trailer got me hooked!

Dankwa Brooks said...

Also been hearing good things about this film and that trailer is AWESOME!

Candice I have never seen 'Friday Night Lights' , but I HAVE seen 'The Wire' and Jordan was very young then and I think his first role and had not reached his full potential, but this right hurr...I think he has arrived.

As a director I tell all actors I meet "study your craft...keep acting" like any medium that is the only way you'll get better. I'm glad Mr. Jordan kept acting, kept getting roles and has arrived at this place.

Colin Biggs said...

He was outstanding in The Wire and easily one of the most appealing aspects of Chronicle, I'm glad Fruitvale Station is garnering the acclaim it is.

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