British actor Daniel Kaluuya is in talks to reunite with ‘Black Panther’ helmer Ryan Coogler on his next project ‘Jesus Was My Homeboy’ a story focusing on the story of grassroots activist and Black Panther member, Fred Hampton.
Also circling the project is ‘Sorry to Bother You’ and BAFTA rising star nominee Lakeith Stanfield. Kaluuya is up for the role of Hampton while Stanfield would play William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the FBI.
The film will focus on the rise and untimely demise of Hampton as seen through O’Neal’s eyes. Hampton was a respected and talented grass-roots civil rights activist who rose to become chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Panthers organization and deputy chairman of the national BPP. But his charisma, oratorical skills and swift ascent marked him out as a threat in the eyes of the FBI and in 1969 he and fellow Panther Mark Clark were killed during a controversial raid by a tactical unit carrying out orders from the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. O’Neill had provided the FBI with detailed plans of Hampton’s apartment.
Based on a story originated by Shaka King, Berson and the Lucas Bros, King will also take the helm. Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King will act as producers.
Since starring in Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Kaluuya’s career has gone into overdrive, landing himself a role in Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ and Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’ has certainly made him a household name. He also voiced the character of Bluebell in the BBC’s mini-series of ‘Watership Down’ over the Christmas period. His upcoming projects include ‘A Christmas Carol’ alongside Andy Serkis and Carey Mulligan.
Stanfield is also on a roll since starring in the lead of Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry To Bother You’, He can be seen in the TV series ‘Atlanta’ and last year’s ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’. His upcoming projects include Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’.