‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is an upcoming 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.
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Cast
- Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton
- Jesse Plemons as Roy Mitchell
- Lakeith Stanfield as William “Bill” O’Neal
- Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson
- Ashton Sanders as Jimmy Palmer
- Algee Smith as Jake Winters
- Lil Rel Howery as Wayne
- Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover
- Nick Fink as Fesperman
- Ian Duff as Doc Stachel
- Khris Davis as Steel, a Crowns member
- Amari Cheatom as Rod Collins
- Dominique Thorne as Judy Harmon
- Jermaine Fowler as Mark Clark
- Darrell Britt-Gibson as Bobby Rush
- Robert Longstreet as Special Agent Carlyle
- Caleb Eberhardt as Bob Lee
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Plot
21 Years old chairman Fred Hampton was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal, William O’Neal, to betray him and the Black Panther Party.
In 1968, 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.
Hampton was inspiring a generation, which put him directly in the line of fire of the FBI and Chicago PD. To destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside and the inside.
Facing prison, 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 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, he cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his betrayal.
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Release date
Judas and the Balck Messiah had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on February 1, 2021 at both virtual and in-person screenings.
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 will also stream the film simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month, after which the film will be 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:
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The film was originally announced as Jesus Was My Homeboy, later reported as being titled 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.
On or about November 24, 2020, the film was in Completed status. “Judas and the Black Messiah” was released on Feb. 12 on HBO Max on the same day the movie debuted in theaters.
So, these are the major information about the film. Have you seen it? Let us know in the comments section .