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  • Writer's pictureCarl McGill


The legacy of Chairman Fred Hampton is finally coming to the screen.

Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for “Judas and the Black Messiah”, the new film about the 1969 FBI assassination of the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party.

In 1968, the young, charismatic activist 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 murdering of Black people. Chairman Hampton 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.

The film is directed and produced by Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”), his first studio film, from a screenplay by King and Will Berson. Ryan Coogler and Charles King of MACRO are producers.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and Lakeith Stanfield as William O’Neal. Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, and Martin Sheen round out the list of main actors.

Due to come to Theatres in 2021

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