Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in discussions for Jesus Was My Homeboy
Released at Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:13:09 +0000
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Black Panther‘s Daniel Kaluuya and Atlanta‘s Lakeith Stanfield have entered discussions to star in the forthcoming Fred Hampton biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, which is being created by Panther manager Ryan Coogler.
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Kaluuya rose to fame in 2017 with his starring role in Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror-thriller Get Out, which earned him the Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and followed it up with supporting roles in Black Panther and the acclaimed heist movie Widows.
Kaluuya is now in talks to portray Hampton, who climbed into the positions of the Chicago branch of the political party in the late ’60s, and Stanfield is in talks to play O’Neal, who had been recruited by the FBI after many arrests for auto thefts and impersonating national officials, coming into a deal with the bureau to serve as their informant in exchange for a monthly stipend and dropping of the charges.
Steinfeld has been enjoying a profession uprising for just over five decades now, starting with the acclaimed indie drama Short Term 12 and steadliy continuing with characters in the acclaimed biopic Selma, horror-thriller Get Out, Netflix’s adaptation of the hit manga Death Note, the well-received indie dramedy Sorry to Bother You and the FX hit comedy Atlanta along with creator/writer/star Donald Glover. He’ll next be seen in Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)’s outfit murder mystery Knives Out, which is set for a November 27 release.
The movie, being directed by Shaka King (High Maintenance) and co-written by King and Will Berson (Scrubs), will follow the growth of Black Panther Fred Hampton leading up to his assassination, all told from the view of William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Panthers and gave the advice that resulted in Hampton’s departure.
Coogler has been breaking new ground in the movie industry with the 2015 sports sequel spin-off Creed and final season ’s commercial and critical smash Black Panther, which earned seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, getting the first superhero movie to deserve the nomination. He’s now working on writing the script into the Marvel superhero strike, in addition to attached to direct the play Wrong Response dependent on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal and producing the long-awaited Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James (Trainwreck).