Netflix has ordered a new Michael B. Jordan superhero series.
The streaming service has officially picked up 10 episodes of the high-concept family drama Raising Dion, which originated as a short film directed by Dennis Liu and focuses on single mother Nicole Reese and her relationship with her young son, Dion, after he begins to exhibit magical and supernatural abilities. Jordan plays Nicole’s late husband Mark and will executive-produce the series alongside showrunner Carol Barbee (UnREAL) and director Liu.
“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 and MACRO, 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.”
Jordan, who’s recently broken out in movies such as Fruitvale Station and Creed, first found success for his work in television — specifically for scene-stealing turns on The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. He’s set to star in the HBO Movies adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, opposite Michael Shannon and directed by Ramin Bahrani, and is also executive-producing an upcoming OWN drama series created by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).