Black Panther's Michael B Jordan to star in, produce Lionsgate's hitman saga 'The Silver Bear'
Michael B Jordan, who won acclaim for his portrayal of Killmonger in 'Black Panther,' as one of the best villains is set for another villainous role of an assassin
'Black Panther' star Michael B Jordan has landed another big villainous role as a feared assassin in Lionsgate's movie, 'The Silver Bear.' The actor won acclaim for his portrayal of Killmonger in 'Black Panther,' a character widely seen as one of the best villains in the Marvel-verse. And it sounds like his new role will be equally layered and charismatic.
In 'The Silver Bear,' he will be playing Columbus, one of the most feared and respected hitmen in the criminal underworld, according to Deadline. The movie, being seen as a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate, is based upon a book series of the same name by 'Wanted' and '3:10 to Yuma' screenwriter Derek Haas.
The film will be produced by Jordan's Outlier Society and Nickel City Pictures’ Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta.
The title of the movie stems from the fact that Jordan's character never fails and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. Russians dub such assassins as "silver bears." His biggest challenge comes when he is sent to assassinate the Speaker of the House, a leading presidential candidate who also happens to be his father.
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Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and hired Frank Baldwin (The Godmother) to write the adapted script.
Nickel City’s Rungta said: “We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus.”
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake told Deadline that 'The Silver Bear' is "the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus."
Beyond playing strong physical roles in 'Black Panther' and the upcoming 'Creed' sequel, Jordan has been gathering steam for his Outlier Society, the production shingle he formed in 2016, with Alana Mayo heading production and development.
He’s shooting the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed 'Just Mercy,' and 'Outlier Society 'has a slate of percolating projects that includes 'Gen:Lock,' 'Raising Dion' and 'David Makes Man.'
Besides this, Jordan has also landed the lead in a new film series 'John Clark,' based on the character by Tom Clancy.