Michael B. Jordan Attached to Star in A Bittersweet Life
Posted 2017/08/18 0 0
Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star.
Deadline reports that the 2005 Korean action-thriller A Bittersweet Life will soon get an English-language rework courtesy of Fox, and that they’re wrangled a promising pair to start off the creative team. Michael B. Jordan will take the lead role (originally portrayed by Lee Byung-hun, whom Western audiences may remember from last year‘s The Magnificent Seven remake), a fiercely loyal criminal whose mentor instructs him to murder his beloved mistress as a test of his allegiance.
“Kung Fu Panda” helmer Jennifer Yuh Nelson will direct the feature. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing. The group was responsible for last year’s Oscar-contender Arrival, as well as a little Netflix series called Stranger Things, up for 18 Emmys.
Jordan first hit the scene playing the role of Vince Howard in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights from 2009-2011, and played Wallace in the HBO series The Wire. He also appeared on the ABC soap opera All My Children. Since then, Jordan has been seen in films like the critically-acclaimed Fruitvale Station and the Rocky sequel film Creed. He played Johnny Storm, a.k.a. the Human Torch, in the recent reboot of Fantastic Four. Jordan is currently filming the HBO film Fahrenheit 451 with Michael Shannon. He’ll next appear in the Disney/Marvel film Black Panther where he’ll play the role of Erik Killmonger. He’ll also appear as Adonis Creed in the upcoming sequel Creed II.
Nelson comes from animation; she got an Oscar nom for directing Kung Fu Panda 2, and she co-directed Kung Fu Panda 3. She made her live-action debut directing the sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds for Fox and 21 Laps, based on the Alexandra Bracken bestselling YA trilogy.
We’ll keep you updated on more casting news for A Bittersweet Life as it becomes available.