Michael B. Jordan is set to executive produce and appear in Netflix’s new sci-fi family drama, Raising Dion.
The 10-episode series is based on the short film and comic book of the same name from commercial/music video director Dennis Liu and focuses on a widowed African-American mother who discovers son, Dion, has multiple and constantly changing powers, according to Variety.
Jordan is on board as an exec producer through his Outlier Society Productions and will also appear as Dion’s deceased father.
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“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. “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.”
“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before—an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television.”
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