'Judas And The Black Messiah' Trailer: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield Topline Fred Hampton Film

August 06 2020

Warner Bros. has dropped the first trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah (fka Jesus Was My Homeboy and Untitled Fred Hampton Project), the highly-anticipated film about Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton.

The official description:  In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people.  Chairman Fred was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI and the Chicago Police.  But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside…and the inside.  Facing prison, William O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on Hampton, he will walk free.  O’Neal takes the deal. Now a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party, O’Neal lives in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks.  But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal.  The film also stars Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith and Martin Sheen.

It is directed by Shaka King in his studio feature film directorial debut. King, who has a long relationship with filmmaker Ryan Coogler, pitched the film to him and MARCO's Charles D. King, who are producers on the film.  Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall.

The film is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with MACRO Films, Participant and BRON Creative, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Watch the trailer below:

by Trey Mangum on August 06 2020

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