A new trailer has been released for the upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, and Martin Sheen. The film is directed by Shaka King (Newlyweeds, Mulignans) from a script by King and Will Berson, based on the story by Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas, which is based on true events.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred 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 and slaughter of Black people. Chairman Fred 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. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside… and the inside. Facing prison, William 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 takes the deal. Now a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party, 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, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal.
This looks like a crazy story reminiscent of BlacKkKlansman, which was also based on true events, and told a story that took place around this same time that was hard to believe and was incredibly thought-provoking. I am excited to check this film out. Watch the trailer below, and catch Judas and the Black Messiah in theaters nationwide as well as on HBO Max starting February 12th.