Warner Bros. released the first trailer for “Judas and the Messiah.”
- Starring Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya, the film follows the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), who was killed at the age of 21 during an FBI raid.
- While ruled a justifiable homicide in 1970, many refer to his death as an assassination by the FBI after documents were found in a counter-intelligence program, COINTELPRO, years later.
- There is no current release date for the film.
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Daniel Kaluuya’s next performance may be the one to get him one step closer to an Academy Award.
Thursday, Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for “Judas and the Messiah” starring the Oscar nominee and LaKeith Stanfield. It’s about one of the most controversial FBI raids in Chicago.
The film follows the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), a young charismatic leader of the Black Panther Party who was rising through the ranks when he was killed at the age of 21 during an FBI raid along with Mark Clark, another member of the BPP.
While the deaths were initially ruled a justifiable homicide in 1970, reports said Hampton was drugged the night before the raid by an FBI informant, William O’Neal (Stanfield).
After the discovery of an FBI counter-intelligence program, COINTELPRO, documents showcasing Hampton’s apartment floor plan were discovered suggesting the FBI’s role in his death. A civil suit led to Chicago, Cook County, and the government paying a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982 to Hampton and Clark’s families.
You may recognize Kaluuya for his performances in “Get Out,” “Black Panther,” and “Queen & Slim.” Stanfield had a standout performance in 2018’s “Sorry to Bother You.”
Martin Sheen plays president Hoover while Jesse Plemons will appear as an FBI agent. Algee Smith (“The Hate U Give”) and Darrell Britt-Gibson (“Just Mercy”) also star. “Judas and the Messiah” is Shaka King’s directorial debut and is produced by Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther,” “Creed”).Read the original article on Insider