Daniel Kaluuya steps into the shoes of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ trailer

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‘You can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution. You can murder a freedom fighter but you can’t murder freedom,’ shouts Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and American activist as he addresses an assembly in the trailer of Judas and The Black Messiah. Fred was assassinated by the FBI in lieu of a radical threat.

The film stars Academy Award nominee Daniel Kaluuya in the leading role along with LaKeith Stanfield as William O’Neal, an FBI informant whose betrayal leads to Hampton’s death. The trailer emphasizes the contrast between the two men as Hampton incites the congregation with his fiery speech and O’Neal watches him with the knowledge that he will have to betray his trust.

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The trailer also shows how the authorities rope in O’Neal to work for them as he is arrested for car theft and impersonating a federal officer. They tell him to choose between going to prison for twenty years or helping the FBI take down Hampton by becoming an informant.

Directed by Shaka King and produced by Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King and Warner Bros., Judas and The Black Messiah also features Jesse Plemons, Dominque Fishback, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Martin Sheen, Robert Longstreet, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Dominique Thorne, Caleb Eberhardt and Amari Cheatom. The screenplay is written by King and Will Berson and the story is credited to King, Berson and The Lucas Brothers.

The film was originally scheduled to release on August 21 but was pulled out of schedule due to coronavirus pandemic. The trailer does not mention any release date but it does note that the film will only be shown in theatres at some point in 2021.

Watch the trailer here:

(Source: YouTube)

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