At the end of Frances McDormand's Oscars acceptance speech, she gave a call to action for everyone in Hollywood to adopt an obscure contractual clause known as an "inclusion rider." She later explained it is something that actors and filmmakers can request, or even demand, as part of their contract, which requires the production company or studio to have at least 50% diversity for both the cast and crew. Now Michael B.Jordan revealed on social media that he is answering the call, saying he'll adopt inclusion riders for every project he's working on through his production company Outlier Society. Here's what he had to say in his Instagram post.
"In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society. I've been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it's Outlier's mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause, link in bio. #OutlierSociety#AnnenbergInclusionInitiative"
The link in his Instagram bio is for The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which was launched in November by the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Michael B. Jordan's Instagram photo features the actor flanked by his agent at William Morris Endeavor (WME), Phil Sun, along with creative executive Alana Mayo, both of whom sit on the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's Board of Advisors, along with Hollywood heavyweights such as TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella, Lakeshore Entertainment and Proudcers Guild of America president Gary Lucchesi, The Black List Founder Franklin Leonard and more.
While Michael B. Jordan is an accomplished actor, he's just starting to get his feet wet as a producer. He stars in and serves as an executive producer on HBO's upcoming TV movie Fahrenheit 451, and he is also attached to star in and produce Just Mercy, which has Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) set to write and direct. With production slated to begin sometime this year on that film, it's possible that it could be the first project of Jordan's to adopt this inclusion rider, which would certainly be quite fitting, given the subject matter. Jordan will portray civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he tries to set a death row prisoner free.
Michael B. Jordan is also attached to produce the TV series Raising Dion, while he's also set to star in and produce a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, along with an untitled project with Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney for OWN. While it remains to be seen when these projects may move forward, if they do, fans should then expect a very diverse cast and crew as part of the actor's commitment to the inclusion rider. This also comes in the wake of the massive success of his Marvel adventure Black Panther, which was directed (Ryan Coogler) and written (Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole) by black men, with a predominantly black cast, with the exceptions of Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue) and Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross). The film has far exceeded all expectations, earning $512.6 million domestic and $926.7 million worldwide, while putting up an impressive 97% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Take a look at the photo and statement from Michael B. Jordan's Instagram and Twitter below.