Sundance 2013: First Look at Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer in ‘Fruitvale’ (VIDEO)

Posted on January 24, 2013 /Film


It’s a great time for black folks at Sundance this year.

Fruitvale, the new film about the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009, is receiving rave reviews at the film festival. The film, produced by Forest Whitaker, has scored a distribution deal with The Weinstein Company for a reported $2 million.

Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights) stars as 22-year-old Grant with Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) playing Grant’s mother, Wanda Johnson.

Spencer spoke with ABC about her experience working on the heart-wrenching film as both an actress and as a co-executive producer.

“It’s the toughest role I’ve ever had to play because it’s a real person who can measure the performance like no one else can,” Spencer said. She sat behind Johnson at the premiere of “Fruitvale” and said watching her relive her son’s death was a nerve wracking experience like nothing else: “His family said they didn’t see Michael B. Jordan up there. They saw Oscar.”

Check out this exclusive clip from the movie, below, of Jordan discussing the fateful train ride with Spencer.


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