EXCLUSIVE: Just as his breakout film Fruitvale was announced this morning in the Un Certain Regard category of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, actor Michael B. Jordan has changed agencies moving from UTA to WME. Jordan plays Oscar Grant in the Ryan Coogler-directed fact-based drama about a troubled young man who tries to remake himself into a responsible citizen for the sake of his child, and who was gunned down by cops on a San Francisco train platform. The film premiered at Sundance, where it won the Grand Jury Price and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. It was bought there by Harvey Weinstein. TWC has retitled the film Fruitvale Station and will release the film July 26.
Jordan has been doing strong work since he was a kid. That includes the softhearted drug dealer Wallace in HBO’s The Wire and QB Vince Howard on the NBC series Friday Night Lights. He then starred in the Fox sleeper hit Chronicle and returned to TV for a season of the NBC series Parenthood. He recently filmed the comedy Are We Officially Dating?, the Tom Gormican-directed pic that also stars Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Mackenzie Davis. Jordan continues to be managed by The Schiff Company and lawyered by Gregory Slewett.