7 Reasons Michael B. Jordan Is the Perfect Choice to Star in 'Thomas Crown Affair' Remake
By Zach Seemayer
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It looks like Michael B. Jordan could be returning to the big screen as billionaire and part-time art thief, Thomas Crown!
The Creed star is teaming up with MGM for a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While the project is still in its earliest stages (no writer or director or other actors are yet attached), we can't help but already get excited.
Here are seven reasons Jordan is absolutely perfect to star in TheThomas Crown Affair (and why the new remake could be a truly amazing film).
Let's get this fact out of the way right off the bat. The 29-year-old star has given stellar performances in the acclaimed dramas Fruitvale Station and Creed, as well as the sci-fi/action flick Chronicle. He also showed off his comedy chops in That Awkward Moment, and we can't forget his role as Vince Howard in Friday Night Lights.
We're pretty sure he could knock a heist/adventure/thriller out of the park. According to reports, it was Jordan who came up with the potential story for this latest remake, meaning he'd be more than a little committed to crafting a compelling tale.
2. The Thomas Crown Affair Could Use Some Youth
The original Thomas Crown Affair (1968) starred Steve McQueen as a billionaire bank executive who stole art for fun. In the 1999 remake, Pierce Brosnan played a cut-throat billionaire playboy who stole art for a rush. But what about the current spate of 20-something CEOs in the tech industry? They should be able to steal art for fun too.
Jordan could flip the whole stuffy art-theft persona on its head with a portrayal of some programmer/developer who gains instant fame with some wild tech innovation, which also allows him to abscond with some classic paintings. This could change the character's cat-and-mouse dynamic with the sexy insurance investigator that's hot on his trail.
3. The Thomas Crown Affair Could Use Some Diversity
The original film starred McQueen and Faye Dunaway, while the remake starred Brosnan and Rene Russo, with Denis Leary starring as the detective chasing Crown. Notice anything super similar about those casting choices?
Jordan could bring some much-needed diversity to the cast and to the story. It could challenge preconceptions of race among the industry elite and allow the story to explore new cultural avenues outside of Wall Street and the upper echelons of the one percent.
Street artists like Banksy are bringing in millions for their counterculture, anti-authority creations while the pop pieces of artists like Jeff Koons are some of the most sought-after in the world. Art heists don't have to be confined to ripping off Monets or Magrittes.
Aside from the art changing, the security industry has advanced so much it's insane. If Jordan's Thomas Crown was a tech-genius with a gift for hacking, the entire "heist" aspect of this remake could blow its predecessors out of the water.
5. So Much Potential for Social Commentary
In our current social and political climate, The Thomas Crown Affair is the perfect opportunity to explore the wealth gap, the finance industry and racial injustice at all levels of society, With his work in Fruitvale Station, we already know Jordan doesn't shy away from stories with a message.
Style and elegance always play a visual role in both iterations of The Thomas Crown Affair, which means Jordan would likely need to pull off wearing a suit like a pro.
Okay, we're sold.
7. Third Time's the Charm
This would be the third attempt at telling this story, and since we've already gotten one (mostly) faithful remake, this one could have the luxury of going off-the-rails and taking viewers on a really wild ride. The more we think about it, there's no one we'd rather have along for the art-stealing adventure than Jordan.