Michael B. Jordan is taking a stand against Hollywood's ongoing diversity issues, as his production company Outlier Society plans to adopt inclusion riders in its contracts for all future projects.
The actor made the announcement on Wednesday. "In support of the women & men who are leading this fight, I will be adopting the Inclusion Rider for all projects produced by my company Outlier Society," Jordan wrote in an Instagram post.
"I’ve been privileged to work with powerful woman & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward. If you want to learn more about how to support the cause – link in bio." The photo also features Alana Mayo, the head of production and development for Outlier Society Productions, and Jordan's agent Phil Sun.
The topic of inclusion riders resurfaced at the 2018 Oscars thanks to Frances McDormand's unforgettable speech when she received the Best Actress award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She ended with this powerful statement: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider." The actress later explained the inclusivity clause can be added to actors' contracts, which would require at least 50 percent of the cast and crew to be of diverse backgrounds.
Jordan launched his production company in 2016 with a multiyear first-look film and TV deal with Skydance Media. Their upcoming projects include a Netflix superhero drama called Raising Dion, an untitled series for OWN, and a reboot of The Thomas Crown Affair. Following the success of Black Panther, the actor will star in Fahrenheit 451 and Creed 2.