Opposite him is Lakeith Stanfield as William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panthers and provided information that led to Hampton’s death.
Called Judas and the Black Messiah, the movie is due for release in early 2021 – into a world that will have changed irrevocably since filming began in Ohio last September.
“We started making it prior to the George Floyd killing and the rebellions that followed,” says director and co-writer Shaka King.
“I’ve never been in this kind of position where the attitude of the audience is so caught up to the message that you’re trying to convey – but I think the message of the movie is consistent no matter when its viewed.”
Producer Ryan Coogler, who joined the project shortly after completing the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, says Hampton’s story has “become more relevant with context”.
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