‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Trailer Highlights Black Panther Revolution

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2021

Based on true events, Judas and the Black Messiah (formerly titled as Jesus Was My Homeboy) chronicles the rise of Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton leading up to his assassination, all told from the perspective of William O'Neal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who infiltrated the Panthers and gave the information that led to Hampton's death.

Darrel Britt-Gibson, Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield appear in "Judas and the Black Messiah". While this second trailer isn't quite as good as the first, it's still pretty damn effective. Check out the latest trailer. It's also expected to be part of the 2020-2021 awards season chatter (the film isn't due out until February, but the Oscars pushed qualification dates to February 28 due to 2020's coronavirus-hindered release dates).

The movie, directed by Shaka King, also features LaKeith Stanfield as William O'Neal, a career thief who is tasked by the FBI with infiltrating the Panthers and reporting back to J. Edgar Hoover (played by Martin Sheen), the real-life FBI Director who attempted to dismantle the group. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Martin Sheen co-stars as J. Edgar Hoover, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during that time. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, the film tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and William O'Neal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation informant whose information led to Hampton's killing by law enforcement officers in 1969.

The Ryan Coogler-produced Fred Hampton film "Judas and the Black Messiah" will have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before heading to HBO Max and theaters, programmers announced Tuesday.

"Judas." is among the 2021 Warner Bros. films that are debuting simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

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