In case you hadn’t heard, we’re getting new films this year!
Some will be good, some will be bad, and others will be magnificent (we’re predicting), like upcoming Judas and the Black Messiah from director Shaka King. After finding out it stars Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) I was sold—and I hadn’t even seen today’s fresh trailer yet.
Based on the life of Fred Hampton (played by Kaluuya), chairman of the Black Panther Party in late 1960s Illinois, Judas and the Black Messiah follows petty criminal William O’Neal’s (Stanfield) attempts to infiltrate the party as an FBI informant, at a time when they announced the Party as ‘the single greatest threat to our national security’.
The film was scheduled to be released in 2020, but was pushed back due to COVID and is now set to premiere at Sundance Film Festival on February 1, before screening on HBO Max from the 12th of February. As America reels from another disturbing week of division, it’s eerily relevant to hear Kaluuya say in the trailer, ‘America’s on fire right now and until that fire’s extinguished, nothing else means a damn thing.’
Watch the trailer above and catch the film when it drops on HBO Max on February 12.