Michael B. Jordan is starring in the new military drama as First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, a real-life soldier who kept journals from his time in Iraq.
Michael B. Jordan is looking totally jacked in his new movie! The trailer for the 34-year-old’s new film, A Journal For Jordan, officially dropped on Wednesday, Aug. 11, with his muscles on full display. In one bit, he rocks a fitted peach colored t-shirt as he shares a flirty on-screen moment with love interest Chanté Adams, and in another, he goes totally shirtless for a bedroom scene. Michael clearly worked on his fitness for the military drama, which more than paid off on-screen (and we’re sure girlfriend Lori Harvey, 24, approves).
The Denzel Washington directed movie is based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning memoir by real-life First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, who Michael plays in the film. The real Charles, who died in 2006, kept detailed journals from his deployment in the Iraq war — including messages for his infant son Jordan. Sadly, the baby was just 7-months-old when his father lost his life during the war. Specifically, the film follows the relationship between Charles and reporter Dana Canedy, who is played by Chanté.
The real-life Dana is still very much involved in publishing and media, now holding the role of senior vice president of a Simon & Schuster division in addition to being a mom to 14-year-old Jordan. The movie, set for a Christmas release, follows their love story from early dates at a museum to Jordan’s birth and untimely death at war.
Michael has previously talked about working with the iconic Denzel, who was won two Academy Awards including a Best Actor Oscar for 2002’s Training Day. “Being directed by the GOAT [greatest of all time] — Denzel, himself — and being able to work with a very talented cast and actress in Chanté Adams, it’s something that I’ve been looking forward to,” he said during an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in Feb. 2021. “We’re having a blast and I’m getting a masterclass and a crazy education on character development, directing, and producing from Todd Black and Denzel Washington. It’s a great thing,” Michael, who is a producer on the film, added.