Michael B. Jordan is trading one cinematic fantasy world for another. After spending some time in Wakanda last year, Jordan and Warner Bros. are heading for a village filled with magic, lost souls and demons.
Deadline reports the studio and the Black Panther star are bringing YA fantasy novel Kingdom of Souls to the big screen. The source material is the first in the Outlier Society trilogy by Rena Barron and focuses on Arrah, a young woman from a family of witch doctors struggling to develop her own powers.
Per the report,
When children begin disappearing, including a boy she’d befriended, Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She tries a deadly last resort to cast the spell that will find the children: she trades years of her own life for scraps of magic. But she uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Barron comes from Alabama and, in 2017, won the online writing mentorship program, Pitch Wars, with her story The Last Witchdoctor. The first book in her middle grade series, Maya and the Rising Dark, is set to publish in May 2020. Jordan can next be seen in the awards season drama Just Mercy, due in theaters on December 25.