DANIEL KALUUYA, LAKEITH STANFIELD IN TALKS FOR FRED HAMPTON BIOPIC
By Erin White
February 19, 2019
Academy Award-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya and his Get Out co-star Lakeith Stanfield are in talks to star in Jesus Was My Homeboy — an upcoming film about the assassination of Black Panther activist Fred Hampton.
High Maintenance director Shaka King is poised to direct the Will Berson-directed screenplay, produced by Ryan Coogler and Charles King’s Macro for Warner Bros.
Jesus Was My Homeboy examines the rise and murder of Hampton, as told from the perspective of FBI informant William O’Neal, to be played by Stanfield. O’Neal infiltrated the Chicago Black Panther Party and provided intel that resulted in Hampton’s 1969 assassination. Leading the FBI to Hampton’s home, they shot Hampton to death while he slept next to his pregnant girlfriend. Black Panther Mark Davis was also killed during the ultra-violent raid. Kaluuya is set to play the charismatic Party leader.