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One-on-One with Jonathan Majors on Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods

DA 5 BLOODS (L to R) Director SPIKE LEE, ISIAH WHITLOCK JR. as MELVIN, DELROY LINDO as PAUL, JONATHAN MAJORS as DAVID, CLARKE PETERS as OTIS and NORM LEWIS as EDDIE of DA 5 BLOODS Cr. DAVID LEE/NETFLIX © 2020

We caught up with Hollywood’s next IT GUY, Jonathan Majors. The Independent Spirit and Gotham award nominee has cemented himself as the Hollywood actor watch following his on-screen debut in 2017’s ABC miniseries WHEN WE RISE. In 2018, he starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in Sony Pictures’ WHITE BOY RICK. Majors is currently starring in Spike Lee’s Newest Joint DA 5 BLOODS now streaming on Netflix.

In February 2019, Majors received rave reviews for his performance in Joe Talbot’s THE LAST BLACK MAN STANDING following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie marks Majors’ first leading role and was released on June 7th, 2019, in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles before rolling out to other markets later that month. For his role as “Montgomery Allen”, Majors was nominated for a Gotham Award in the category of “Breakthrough Actor” and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Male.”

His upcoming projects include LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. Jonathan will star opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell in HBO’s straight-to-series drama LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, created by Academy Award winner, Jordan Peele. The series will follow Majors’ character (“Atticus Black”) as he road trips across 1950’s Jim Crow America. The show is currently anticipating an August 2020 premiere date.  

Next, Majors will begin production on Jeymes Samuel’s directorial debut as outlaw Nat Love in THE HARDER THEY FALL, in which he will star opposite Idris Elba. Produced by Jay-Z, James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Samuel, the Netflix release will follow Majors’ character who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. The character then reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge and is set to debut in the Fall of 2021.

Majors is also set to co-star opposite Glen Powell in Black Label Media’s DEVOTION, as directed by J.D. Dillard. The screenplay is based on Adam Makos’ bestselling book “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice” and follows the true story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots during the Korean war. Majors will play Jesse Brown, the first black man in U.S. Naval history to become a fighter pilot. The project is scheduled to being production in late 2020.

Image: Stefani Pappas
Image: Stefani Pappas

Jonathan graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in acting, and was a recipient of the Lloyd Richards Scholarship and the Jerome L. Green Scholarship. A native of Dallas, Texas, and graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jonathan’s extensive stage credits include productions of “Henry V,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “The Tempest” and several plays by August Wilson, including “Fences” (director, Kenny Leon) and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson), both at The Greene Space. Jonathan is the winner of the 2015 National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) National Drama Competition.

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