Michael B. Jordan is getting back into the superhero game. Netflix has announced it's joining forces with the Fantastic Four star who will appear in and executive-produce Raising Dion, a new 10-episode drama for the streaming service about a widowed African-American mother who learns her young son is secretly a superhero.
The series was hatched by commercial and music video director Dennis Liu based on a comic book and short film he released in 2015 that went viral. The story follows single mom Nicole Reese, who must hide her young son's superpower-like abilities to protect him from being exploited while probing their origins and the death of her late husband, Mark, with Mark's best friend Pat.
Jordan boarded the drama in early 2017 and will exec-produce through his Outlier Society Productions banner along with while Carol Barbee, whose credits include TV's UnREAL and Judging Amy, wrote the pilot, and will serve as the showrunner. Liu will direct the first episode.
"I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment,” Liu said in a statement. “More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with 'Raising Dion' is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”
No doubt Jordan knows a thing or two about superheroes. After breaking out in 2013's critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, he toplined 2015's reboot of Marvel's The Fantastic Four and lent his voice to the character of Cyborg in 2013's animated flick Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. He's next set to star in HBO's small-screen version of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451.
Casting on Raising Dion is currently underway, though no other actors have been announced yet. If all goes according to plan, the inaugural season is slated to premiere on Netflix sometime later this year.