Take a look at the trailer that’s been released for Judas and the Black Messiah, an upcoming true-story drama starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield and Jesse Plemons.
The film is based on the true story of how American Black Panther Party activist and revolutionary socialist Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) was in 1969 killed by the FBI at just 21 years of age. The FBI, who had labelled Hampton a “radical threat,” promised a petty criminal (Stanfield) he would be set free if he infiltrated the Black Panther and provided info on Hampton.
It’s a potent, nicely crafted trailer, showcasing a little of what looks like a particularly powerful performance by Kaluuya. This is the second film for director Shaka King (Newlyweeds), who also wrote the screenplay with Will Berson (Arrested Development, Scrubs). Fingers crossed it’s as impactful as the look below suggests.
There’s still no has official release date for Judas and the Black Messiah, which also stars Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, and Martin Sheen as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Official synopsis for Judas and the Black Messiah:
Chairman Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. But they could not kill Fred Hampton’s legacy and, 50 years later, his words still echo…louder than ever.
I am a revolutionary!
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.