Ryan Coogler, the director of Marvel’s wildly successful Black Panther film, and actor Michael B. Jordan — who plays the film’s supervillain — have a bond that produces greatness. So, they are collaborating, yet again, on a new project.
Coogler and Jordan are coming together for an adaptation of a 2014 essay by The New Yorker called Wrong Answer, written by Rachel Aviv, reports ShadowAndAct.com. The work covers the story of an adult standardized test cheating scandal at Atlanta public schools through the scope of a middle school.
The only thing better than another Coogler-Jordan pairing is the fact that author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates is on-board to pen the screenplay.
Additionally, Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will join Dede Gardner and Jeremy Keliner in sharing the director’s chair with Coogler, while New Regency will finance the project.
For Wrong Answer, Jordan will play the role of math teacher named Damany Lewis, who is frustrated with the unrealistic demands placed on his students and school to meet impractical scoring on the standardized test issued as part of the “No Child Left Behind” project. In an effort to prevent the loss of their jobs and school shutdown, Lewis joins in on a plan to cheat the scores. The scandal ultimately leads to the conviction of 11 teachers on racketeering charges.
Wrong Answer will be Coogler and Jordan’s fourth joint work, following Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther.
A release date has yet to be announced.