Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) is in talks to play Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Warner Bros. forthcoming film Jesus Was My Homeboy.
The film would tell the story of Fred Hampton, an activist who rose the ranks of the Black Panther Party to become the chairman of the Illinois chapter and deputy chairman of the national party, who was assassinated at 21 during a coordinated raid by a tactical unit with orders from the FBI and the Chicago Police Department.
Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You) is also reportedly in talks to co-star as William O’Neal, a FBI informant in the Black Panther Party who fed the authorities information that would eventually play a substantial role in the death of Fred Hampton.
According to THR the film will look at the rise and death of Hampton through O’Neal’s perspective.
Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce, alongside Charles King’s Macro. Shaka King (High Maintenance) will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson.
This is lining up to be an exciting project with all this talent. Coogler gave us two of the best films in the last few years with Creed and Black Panther. Kaluuya and Stanfield are two of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now, I have my fingers crossed the deal goes through.