It didn’t take very long, but Netflix found its young Colin Kaepernick: according to a press release, Jaden Michael from Wonder and Take it down will play in Pollock in black and white, the streaming service’s limited series about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and activist. The project was first announced in June, with Ava DuVernay, who previously won an Emmy for Netflix with 13e– set to direct the first episode. The six-part series deals with Kaepernick’s high school years and his life as a black teenager growing up with a white adoptive family, and it will offer what one press release describes as “a meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that loomed large. ‘led him to become the activist he is today.
In other words, he’s a young kid who dreams of being an NFL quarterback but experiences things that will one day convince him to stand up for what he believes in (so to speak), even at the expense of the goal he’s spent his entire life going – not that it’s his fault the NFL doesn’t hit him after his perfectly reasonable peaceful protests. It’ll be interesting to see how / if the show tackles this, as you can’t really tell Colin Kaepernick’s story without talking about what happened to him in the NFL. Or maybe it’s reductive? Maybe her teenage years are really worth making a TV show? We will have to wait and see.
You can see a photo of Jaden Michael alongside young Kaepernick below.