Jack O’Connell To Play Villain Role Opposite Michael B. Jordan In Ryan Coogler’s Genre Pic For Warner Bros

EXCLUSIVE: Jack O’Connell (Ferrari) is in talks to star opposite Michael B. Jordan in Ryan Coogler’s untitled event film for Warner Bros, sources tell Deadline.

While both the plot of the film and O’Connell’s role remain under wraps, we’re told it’s a period genre pic in which he’ll be playing the villain. Deadline was first to tell you about Warners’ acquisition of the project, following a heated bidding war.

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The film brings Jordan and Coogler together following their collaboration on the Creed and Black Panther franchises, having first worked together on the acclaimed Sundance pic Fruitvale Station. It’s also the second project from the collaborators that Warner Bros Film Group co-chairs and CEOs Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy have championed, after greenlighting the box office hit Creed III during their time at MGM.

Coogler is writing and will also produce alongside Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian. The executive producers are 2x Oscar-winning composer Ludwig Göransson, Rebecca Cho, and Will Greenfield. Pic begins shooting this month and will roll out in theaters on March 7, 2025.

Once the the project officially landed at WB, the antagonist role opposite Jordan’s part became one of the more sought after parts for young stars with O’Connell ultimately landing the part. Next up for O’Connell is the highly-anticipated Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black where he will play the the singer’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

Most recently starring alongside Adam Driver as race car driver Peter Collins in Neon’s Michael Mann pic Ferrari, O’Connell has previously been seen in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Benedict Andrews’ Seberg starring Kristen Stewart, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, among other titles. Notable TV credits include Godless, Rogue Heroes, and The North Water.

The actor is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant, UTA, and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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