Two of the more exciting young actors in the business right now are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. The former was nominated in 2017 for an Academy Award in Best Actor, as part of the phenomenon that was “Get Out.” He also is in another Best Picture nominee this time around in “Black Panther.” The latter shared the screen with Kaluuya in “Get Out” and starred most recently in “Sorry To Bother You.” Now, they might be teaming up again.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Kaluuya and Stanfield are in talks to star in a biopic of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton. “Black Panther” filmmaker Ryan Coogler is on board to produce the movie, which is going by the title “Jesus Was My Homeboy.” If the deals come through, Kaluuya would play Hampton, while Stanfield would portray the man who ended up betraying Hampton to the FBI, William O’Neal.
Shaka King will direct a script by Will Berson, which will look at Hampton’s life through the eyes of O’Neal. When the FBI went undercover and infiltrated the Black Panther Party, it ultimately would lead to Hampton’s assassination. So, there’s plenty here for a high profile film. Warner Brothers is set to distribute.
If it all comes together, this is a hell of a story to tell. Coogler is flexing his producing muscles here, something he’s also doing with “Space Jam 2.” Any project that can attract Kaluuya and Stanfield for lead roles is a project to pay close attention to. If everyone signs on the dotted line, “Jesus Was My Homeboy” could eventually shape up to be a real big awards player. It’s certainly a biopic to keep an eye on.