The acting/directing duo behind critically-acclaimed films like Fruitvale Station and Creed, as well as Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Panther movie are teaming up once again. Variety is reporting that actor Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler have signed on for Wrong Answer, an upcoming true life drama based on an article published in The New Yorker of the same title.
Jordan will play real life math teacher Damany Lewis, who fought to prevent his school from shutting down, after public schools in Atlanta were found in the middle of a standardized testing cheating scandal in 2006, under the provisions of the “No Child Left Behind” law. Eleven teachers ended up indicted with racketeering allegations.
Considering how both Jordan and Coogler handled the tragic story of Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station, I’m expecting not just an honest re-telling of this story, but one that’s emotional and compelling. Rachel Aviv, the author behind the New Yorker piece, will serve as a consultant, with Brad Pitt and his Plan B production studio co-producing.