Michael B. Jordan is having an incredible year with his work on Black Panther and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 alone. In addition to working on his role in Creed II, he’s also joining an unexpected project — a futuristic anime-style series.
The actor will join Rooster Teeth, an American media company that streams reality shows, gamer videos, and other content, on its brand new show called gen:Lock, in which he will voice the main character. In the show, planet Earth’s last free society is losing a global war. Jordan will play the role of Julian Chase, who joins the fight as the first pilot for a new generation of “mecha,” or a class of giant, weaponized robots controlled by humans.
All of this sounds very reminiscent of our childhood memories of Power Rangers and Transformers— we’re here for it.
Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society Productions, will co-produce the show in collaboration with Rooster Teeth, although the series is created, written and directed by the head of Rooster Teeth Animation, Gray G. Haddock.
“Michael’s visionary career choices and commitment to meaningful entertainment, not to mention his love of anime, line up perfectly with what drives Rooster Teeth,” Haddock said to Variety. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to do some cool sci-fi storytelling together.”
Rooster Teeth released an animated image of Julian Chase, which Jordan posted on his Instagram account.
There hasn’t been a release date announced for the show, but it’s expected to premiere later this year. The show will stream exclusively on Rooster Teeth’s streaming service, called First, with subscriptions starting at $4.99 monthly.
If it hasn’t been obvious already, 2018 has definitely set a precedent as the “Year of the Blerd” — and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for the months to come.