Judas and the Black Messiah has dropped on HBO Max and cinemas in the US, as the world gets the chance to learn more about Fred Hampton’s story.
The powerful historical drama centers on Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya) and FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), the man who’s betrayal led to the Black Panther Party leader’s death.
The Shaka King-directed biopic, is a story of two Black men who had their life journeys completed changed thanks to the involvement of white men in power at the time
The film does well to rewrite the twisted narrative that has been put out about Black Panthers over the years, as we see how Hampton was focused on organizing free breakfast programs in his local area, and urging ordinary people of all races to resist capitalism.
Kaluuya gives a career-defining performance as the late Black Panthers chairman, alongside an equally impressive Stanfield. The film makes it clear that the fact J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) and the American government were so threatened by a young Black man that they had to find a way to take his life is infuriating, the fact they used another Black man to carry out their plan is devastating and the way they went about it is simply heart-breaking.
Is there a trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah?
The first trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah shows Daniel Kaluuya leading a powerful chant of ‘I am a revolutionary’.
Hampton can be seen rousing the crowd, telling them: ‘You can murder a revolutionary but you can’t murder a revolution.
‘You can murder a freedom fighter but you can’t murder freedom.’
The Get Out actor plays Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton – who was shot and killed by police in 1969, during a raid – when he was just 21.
The clip shows political activist Hampton giving a series of impassioned speeches which lead to his assassination, as FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the party – recruited by Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons).
Who is in the cast of Judas and the Black Messiah?
Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, while LaKeith stars as FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield).
Jeese Plemons plays agent Roy Mitchell and Martin Sheen stars as J. Edgar Hoover.
Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Lil Rel Howery and Algee Smith round out the cast.
Judas And The Black Messiah is out in US cinemas and HBO Max, while it will be released in UK cinemas from February 26.