Michael B. Jordan is one of the bright young faces in the entertainment industry. Since his breakout performance in Fruitvale
Station, the Newark, N.J., native
has been everywhere, from spreads in magazines like GQ
to being named one of the actors to watch by People
magazine. He is currently filming the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four
, in which he'll star as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch. In addition to this role, Jordan will be the 2014 Sprite Films ambassador and mentor where he will guide and engage in one-on-one conversations with the six finalists for the program to discuss their film projects and future plans in the industry.
Students from 23 colleges and universities across the country entered their short films into the Sprite Films program, with six original short films by six students chosen as finalists. Public online viewing and voting of the short films will be open
through May 15, at which point movie fans will select the student winner of the Fan Favorite Award. A group of film industry experts, including Jordan, will crown the Green Ribbon Panel winner.
With all that in mind, XXL
spoke to Jordan about playing a superhero, Sprite Films and the hip-hop records he's spinning on his iPod. —Emmanuel C.M.