Jonathan Majors Lands First Role After Conviction

Jonathan Majors
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Jonathan Majors attends the Los Angeles Premiere of “CREED III” at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 27, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

Jonathan Majors has made a return to Hollywood, securing his first role since his conviction for assault. The actor is set to star in “Merciless,” a sci-fi revenge thriller directed by Martin Villeneuve, the brother of acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.

Jonathan Majors’ Haunting Narrative

“Merciless” follows the story of John, a CIA interrogator who embarks on a mission to save the woman he loves from a mysterious force. This journey sends him down a darker path. Martin Villeneuve explained, “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.”

The film will be shot this fall in Saskatchewan, featuring an unnamed cast alongside Majors. Villeneuve’s vision promises a gripping tale that delves deep into the human psyche and the supernatural.

A New Chapter

The project is produced by Christopher Tuffin, who sees “Merciless” as the inaugural venture under his new global media initiative. Tuffin expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “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.” Tuffin’s goal is to create projects that “refuse to let the court of public opinion and selective prosecution undermine great art and artists.”

Majors was convicted of reckless assault in the third degree and harassment in December 2023. He was acquitted of intentional assault and aggravated harassment. Following his conviction, he was sentenced to complete one year of an in-person batterers intervention program.

Despite his legal troubles, Majors is reentering the industry with determination. He is set to be honored with the Perseverance Award at the Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards in Los Angeles. This award recognizes individuals who continue to inspire despite adversity.

Majors, known for his roles in “Creed III” and “Lovecraft Country,” aims to rebuild his career and reputation. His new role in “Merciless” marks the beginning of this new chapter. As Tuffin remarked, “In graduate school, I learned the dangers of letting politics undermine due process and deprive artists of their careers.” This collaboration represents a step towards redemption for Majors, showcasing his resilience and talent.