Warner Bros. has released the powerful trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah starring Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton.
“You can murder a freedom fighter, but you can’t murder freedom!”
The film teams Kaluuya back up with Black Panther producer Ryan Coogler, who co-produced the upcoming film.
The film tells the story of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who was killed by the FBI at 21 yrs. old. The revolutionary was betrayed by informant William O’Neal.
The government saw the Black Panthers as a militant threat to the status quo. But the perception of the Panthers was not reality. In inner cities across America, they were providing free breakfasts for children, legal services, medical clinics, and political education. It was Chairman Fred in Chicago, who, recognizing the power of multicultural unity for a common cause, created the Rainbow Coalition—joining forces with other oppressed peoples in the city to fight for equality and political empowerment.