Michael B Jordan, Octavia Spencer in talks to star in ‘Fruitvale’

Michael B Jordan, Octavia Spencer in talks for 'Fruitvale'Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan are in talks to star in Ryan Coogler‘s directorial debut Fruitvale.

The film, produced by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, centers on the tragic real-life story of Oscar Grant, a young black man that was shot and killed on New Year’s Day by the Bay Area Rapid Transit police. The incident was captured on video by eye witnesses and sparked protests.

Jordan is in negotiations to play the 22 year-old Grant. Spencer will play Grant’s protective mother, Wanda Johnson.

John Burris, who represented Grant’s mother and daughter in civil suits against Bay Area Rapid Transit, said the movie would focus on Grant’s desire to make something of himself.

“I hope the story is a positive one that gives kids some inspiration that you can turn your life around,” Burris said. “On the other hand, you still have to be careful. Even if you’re doing good, bad things can still happen to you. It’s sad, but it’s a reality all African American men have to face.”

Jordan was last seen earlier this year in ‘Chronicle,’ and George Lucas‘ Tuskegee airmen drama ‘Red Tails.’ Spencer, who won this year’s best supporting actress Oscar for her role in ‘The Help,’ can be seen next in Diablo Cody‘s untitled project.


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