Judas And The Black Messiah - Official Trailer

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2021

Warner Bros. released on Tuesday (12) a new trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah, a film inspired by real events about the Black Panthers.

The story runs as follows: Federal Bureau of Investigation informant William O'Neal (Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluuya).

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"Judas and the Black Messiah" will premiere February 1 on the Festival's digital platforms and at various drive-ins in locations like Birmingham, Alabama, Columbia, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. The film, which was originally set to open in August 2020 before COVID-19 shut down theaters and upended the release schedule, is positioned to use the festival to launch into a strong awards season push.

LaKeith Stanfield goes undercover and infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party in the latest trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah. Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback). The film is told from O'Neal's viewpoint. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Sheen) commands?

Director Shaka King ("Newlyweeds", SFF '13) co-wrote the screenplay with Will Berson; they share story credit with Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas.

The additional cast consists of Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight: Under the Moonlight), Jermaine Fowler (BoJack Horseman), Algee Smith (Detroit in Rebellion), Lil Rel Howery (Run!) And Robert Longstreet (Doctor Sleep).

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