It’s been one of the most talked about movies of the year and finally, Fruitvale Station is headed to a theater near you.
Fruitvale tells the story of Oscar Grant, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, who was fatally shot by Bay Area transit cop Johannes Mehserle who said he thought he was reaching for his taser and, instead, pulled his gun. Mehserle served 11 months in prison.
The director, Ryan Coogler, details the hours leading up to Grant’s death by showing his relationship with his mom, his girlfriend (who isn’t happy with him because he’s a cheater) and how he deals with being fired from the one job he’s been able to maintain with his sketchy past.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which is a leader in all things Hollywood, there is a strong chance Fruitvale Station could be the breakout film of the year. Michael B. Jordan, they say, steals the entire movie (especially since he’s in just about every scene) with his portrayal of Grant. In fact, they say his performance is so riveting that he could be in the running for an Oscar nomination.
Jordan (no relation to the basketball player) has come a long way since his role as “Wallace” in HBO’s The Wire. In a recent interview with Just Jared, Jordan talked about how he learned about Oscar Grant’s story and what it meant to be involved:
“I knew as much as everybody else. I remember exactly when it happened. I was on my computer on Facebook and somebody posted on my wall and I remember just watching it over and over and over again, just trying to find a reasoning to the whole thing and I just couldn’t find one. You know, feeling upset and pissed off and frustrated and helpless and wanted to do something about it. Like, I’m an actor, what can I do? Get on my soapbox and start protesting? I just felt like I couldn’t do anything that really mattered, you know? And then four years later, I get this opportunity to shoot this project and play Oscar. It was just like, I’m down. I can express myself through my work. Let’s do it.” And it worked out.”
The film also stars Octavia Butler and Melonie Diaz as Grant’s mother and girlfriend, respectively.
Fruitvale Station is in select theaters now in select in New York City and across California. It opens everywhere July 26th.
Will you be checking it out?