“Get Out” stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are teaming up again for “Judas and the Black Messiah” which just released its first trailer today.
Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”) directs and co-writes the film set in 1968 when a young charismatic activist named Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) became chairman of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party, which was fighting for freedom and the end of police brutality and the slaughter of blacks. “President Fred” inspired a generation to rise up and not come down to oppression, uniting street gangs under a banner of peace and common cause, which put him directly in the crosshairs of the government.
William O’Neal (Stanfield) was a young black man facing prison who was offered a deal by the FBI: if he is going to infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide information on Hampton, he will be free. O’Neal takes the deal and becomes a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party. O’Neal lives in fear that his betrayal will be discovered even as he ascends through the ranks. But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal.
Will Berson co-wrote the film with Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King, while Sean Bobbitt (“12 Years A Slave”) handles the cinematography. Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Lil Rel Howery and Martin Sheen co-stars.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film in theaters next year.