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Watch Daniel Kaluuya Transform into Fred Hampton in the First ‘Judas and the Messiah’ Trailer

Watch Daniel Kaluuya Transform into Fred Hampton in the First ‘Judas and the Messiah’ Trailer

Daniel Kaluuya LaKeith Stanfield Judas and the Messiah
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Judas and the Black Messiah is expected to come out in 2021.

Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for Judas and the Messiah, a movie that tells the story of the rise of Black Panther Party activist Fred Hampton.

The movie stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Hampton, and LaKeith Stanfield, who plays FBI informant William O’Neal, who infiltrated the Black Panther Party. The movie was directed by Shaka King — who also wrote the movie alongside Will Berson — and produced by Ryan Coogler. Judas and the Black Messiah is ultimately a tragedy; Hampton was killed during an FBI raid in 1969. It has been understood that O’Neal drugged Hampton the night before.

The movie does not yet have a release date. But, according to IMDB, the movie will be released in 2021.

The casting of Kaluuya as Fred Hampton has caused some controversy. Kaluuya is British and some have displayed disappointment about not having someone born in America to play the role of Hampton. It was a discussion sparked by Samuel L. Jackson in 2017 and it continued when Cynthia Eriv played Harriet.

In a virtual panel that Variety was in attendance for, King talked about the debate. And he defined the decision of choosing Kaluuya:

“I’m well aware of the debate around British actors playing American Black, iconic figures…But I was born in America, my family is Caribbean and I have a South African name so I am, literally, emblematic of a diasporic way of thinking…Kidnapped Africans ended up all around the world…We have a lot more in common than people think, in terms of our experience and trying to overthrow white supremacy.”

Watch the trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah below.

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