Judas and the Black Messiah: Cast, Plot, Trailer, Release Date and Everything You Need To Know

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’  is a 2021 American  biographical drama historical film.  It is based on the life of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party in late 1960s Illinois.

Directed by Shaka King who also produced it with Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler.  Shaka King and Will Berson is the writer of this film.  It is based on a story by the pair and Kenny and Keith Lucas.

But, what can we expect from this film? Here’s everything we know about it so far.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Cast

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  • Lakeith Stanfield as William “Bill” O’Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrates the Black Panther Party
  • Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton
  • Jesse Plemons as Roy Mitchell
  • Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson
  • Ashton Sanders as Jimmy Palmer
  • Algee Smith as Jake Winters
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson as Bobby Rush
  • Lil Rel Howery as Wayne
  • Dominique Thorne as Judy Harmon
  • Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Amari Cheatom as Rod Collins
  • Nick Fink as Fesperman
  • Khris Davis as Steel
  • Ian Duff as Doc Stachel
  • Caleb Eberhardt as Bob Lee
  • Robert Longstreet as Special Agent Carlyle
  • Amber Chardae Robinson as Betty Coachman
  • Nicholas Velez as José Cha Cha Jiménez
  • Terayle Hill as George Sams
  • Jermaine Fowler (uncredited) as Mark Clark

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Plot

In 1968, Fred Hampton, a 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.

Hampton was inspiring a generation, which put him directly in the line of fire of the FBI and Chicago PD. To destroy the revolution, the authorities are going to need a man on the inside.

Facing prison, O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton, he will walk free.

21 Years old chairman Fred Hampton was assassinated by the FBI. And today, Fred Hampton Jr. and his mother serve as chairman and board member of the Black Panther Party Cubs.

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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Release date

On February 1, 2021, Judas and the Balck Messiah had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival at both virtual and in-person screenings.

On November 24, 2020, the film was in Completed status. The film was released in the United States on February 12, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was previously scheduled to be released on August 21, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to 2021.

As part of Warner Bros. Pictures plans for all of its 2021 films, it also streamed the film simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month, after which the film was removed until the normal home media release schedule period.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Trailer

If you haven’t watch the trailer yet, so watch it here:

So  how was the trailer? Did you like it? Do share your thoughts about it in the comments section given at the end of this post.

Final words

The film was originally announced as Jesus Was My Homeboy, later titled as Judas and the Black Messiah before being described as untitled, in July 2020, the film’s title was confirmed to be Judas and the Black Messiah.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” released on Feb. 12, 2021.

So, these are the major information about the film. Have you seen it? Did you like it? Do you like to watch biographical films? Let us know in the comments section .

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