Birthdate: February 16, 1988
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Steven Caple Jr. is a fast-rising writer-director who has moved from indie and short filmmaking into big-budget productions. After winning HBO’s short film competition in 2013 for his USC-produced film, A Different Tree (2013), as well as five other shorts during the period of 2011 to 2014—and after a few episodic TV directing gigs—Caple Jr. made his debut feature as writer-director with the crime drama, The Land (2016), set in Caple Jr’s hometown of Cleveland, with Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Michael K. Williams, Kim Coates, Linda Emond, Erykah Badu, and Machine Gun Kelly, and which premiered in Sundance’s NEXT section and was released by IFC Films.
Steven Caple Jr. followed the advice of indie-turned-studio writer-director Ryan Coogler and successfully jumped into mainstream Hollywood as director (and uncredited co-writer) of Warner Bros.’ sequel, Creed II (2018), starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad, Florian Munteanu, and Dolph Lundgren, grossing a quadruple of $50 million costs with a take of $214 million.
After more TV directing assignments (including the Transformers: Earthspark series in 2022), Caple Jr. directed the $200 million mega-sequel, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023), with live-action actors Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, and Luna Lauren Velez, and voice actors Peter Cullen, Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, and Colman Domingo.
Steven Caple Jr. was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was Steven Caple Sr. Caple Jr. did his undergraduate university work at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and then studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California’s School of the Cinematic Arts. Caple Jr.’s height is 5’ 11”.
One to Watch: Forbes magazine in 2017 named Steven Caple Jr. as one of the “30 Under 30” to watch in Hollywood and Entertainment.
Mentoring: Caple Jr. has co-founded the non-profit Engage the Vision (also the title of his 2014 short film), mentoring young people in underserved communities to help foster their creative skills.