JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Director: Shaka King
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen, Lil Rel Howery, Ashton Sanderson, Dominique Thorne, Algee Smith, Darrell Britt-Gibson
Daniel Kaluuya is one of those actors you can’t get take your eyes off of. He followed up his Oscar nominated role in Get Out with Black Panther and Widows. In his new film Judas and the Black Messiah, he takes on Black Panther revolutionary Fred Hampton. FBI director J.Edgar Hoover had it out for the Black Panther party. He sees them as a massive threat to national security. It’s 1968 and 21 year old Fred Hampton is the chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Panthers. His goal is to bring a huge group of people together in order to make change. He wants to build a coalition with other activist groups. The FBI has other plans and offers a deal to William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) to be an informant and infiltrate the party in exchange to be freed of his criminal charges.
Here’s my review
Make sure to check out my interviews with the cast and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.