Over the last few months, Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan have both emerged as major movers in Hollywood, Spencer by winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "The Help" and Jordan by headlining the surprise box office smash "Chronicle."
But while many stars would use this new clout to land a fat paycheck or role in a summer blockbuster, according to indieWire Spencer and Jordan have decided to take a different path, as the two have signed on to appear in the indie drama "Fruitvale" instead.
So what's "Fruitvale" about? Written by first-time director Ryan Coogler, "Fruitvale" tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland man who was killed on New Year's Day in 2009.
Detained by law enforcement officers working for the city's transit authority, Grant was shot in the back while lying on the ground. The incident sparked widespread outrage, thanks in part to the fact that the shooting was captured on a YouTube video.
Whether or not "Fruitvale" will use the original video or other found footage is unclear, but with Jordan on board to play Grant — and Spencer lined up to play his mother — it looks like Coogler and producer Forest Whitaker are putting together a serious look at one of the most infamous and divisive events in recent memory.
Now that's the way to put that Hollywood star power to good use.