While the world awaits the 2018 premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan’s out here putting in work. His latest endeavor comes in the form of a film adaptation of The Stars Beneath Our Feet, the David Barclay Moore novel that tells the story of a young Black boy navigating Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death.
The film, for which Endeavor Content has acquired rights to Moore’s novel, will serve as Jordan’s directorial debut. According to Deadline, Jordan will both write the script and executive produce.
“Directing has been an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time now,” the actor told Deadline. “The Stars Beneath Our Feet tells a story that really spoke to me, and I’m looking forward to jumping behind the camera. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented directors and it inspired me to take on this new challenge.”
The Stars Beneath Our Feet isn’t the only project the Black Panther star has up his sleeve. Earlier this month, Jordan teamed up with Netflix for Raising Dion, a sci-fi/family drama based on director Dennis Liu’s short film about a Black single mother raising a son with special powers. Jordan will reportedly also have a supporting role in the series.
“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment,” Liu said last month. “More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”
Jordan’s also cooking up an OWN series with Moonlight co-writer Tarrell Alvin McCraney.