Ryan Coogler Could Be Newest Front-Runner To Direct ‘Black Panther’

Marvel Studios’ long-gestating Phase Three feature Black Panther, which recently signed Joe Robert Cole for scripting duties and saw its release date moved up from July 2018 to February of that year, so far has had a mighty difficult time locking down the perfect director.

Ava DuVernay (Selma) was first offered the gig over the summer, but she took a pass, as did F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), who signed on to direct Furious 8 for Universal instead. Marvel seems determined to secure the services of a first-rate filmmaker, and according to a new rumor it appears that they may have found a new front-runner in Ryan Coogler.

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Movie Review: Fruitvale Station
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Fruitvale Station
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenwriter: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand
The Weinstein Company
Rated R | 85 Minutes
Release Date: July 12, 2013

Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man killed by a police officer at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in Oakland, California in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.

Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights) stars as Oscar, an unemployed 22-year-old struggling to provide for his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal) and girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints).

When he wakes up on New Year’s Eve, Oscar resolves to be a better son to his mother (Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer), a better partner to Sophina, who he hasn’t been completely honest with lately, and being a better father to Tatiana, their four year-old daughter. After taking Tatiana to school and dropping Sophina off at work, Oscar goes to his former place of employment, a grocery store in Hayward, California, to ask for his job back.

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Watch This: First Trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Sundance Favorite ‘Fruitvale Station’
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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Fruitvale Station, the award-winning, highly acclaimed indie film from Ryan Coogler, a USC graduate making his feature film debut. Starring Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Friday Night Lights), Fruitvale Station tells the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on New Year’s Eve.

Based on the real story of the shooting of Oscar Grant in San Francisco, Fruitvale Station also stars Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand and Octavia Spencer.

You can watch the first official trailer for Coogler’s film below.

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