Jonathan Majors Scores First Role Since Assault Conviction

Jonathan Majors has returned to the movie industry, snagging his first role since being convicted of assault.

Deadline reports that the acclaimed actor is set to star in Martin Villeneuve‘s upcoming sci-fi revenge thriller Merciless.

Merciless will follow a CIA interrogator named John who embarks on a mission to save the woman that he loves from a mysterious, enigmatic force—an adventure that sends the man down an even darker path.

Martin Villeneuve, who is the younger brother of acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve, is set to begin shooting the film with Majors and an unnamed cast this fall in Saskatchewan. Martin detailed the upcoming film in an interview with the outlet, saying, “Merciless intertwines themes of possession, revenge and personal justice within a haunting narrative. It explores the psychological descent of John, played by Majors, and the supernatural forces challenging his sanity.”

Merciless will be developed by producer Christopher Tuffin, who plans to use the movie as the inaugural project under his new global media venture. Tuffin stated to Deadline that the brand’s identity and name would be unveiled at the Toronto Film Festival, detailing it as follows: “[a media venture that] refuses to let the court of public opinion and selective prosecution undermine great art and artists.”

Jonathan Majors and Meagan Good attend the 55th Annual NAACP Awards at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on March 16, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Tuffin then talked about wanting to work with Jonathan Majors and how working with Blacklist scribe Millard Lampell taught him to never let “politics undermine due process and deprive artists of their careers.”

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to be working with Jonathan, who is such a great talent now that this matter has been adjudicated.”

Majors was convicted of reckless assault in the third degree and harassment in December 2023. However, the Creed III actor was acquitted of two other separate counts of intentional assault and aggravated harassment.

Along with his new movie role, Majors is slowly but surely reentering into the zeitgeist. He’s set to be honored with the Perseverance Award at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards in Los Angeles on Friday (June 21).

Meagan Good and Jonathan Majors attends 2024 NAACP Theatre Awards at Taglyan Complex on June 03, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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