Ryan Coogler is set to re-team with Daniel Kaluuya on the upcoming Fred Hampton film, Jesus Was My Homeboy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in talks to star in the new film. Ryan Coogler will produce the film for Warner Bros. alongside Charles King, of Macro. Shaka King and Will Berson penned the script, which King will also direct and produce.
Kaluuya will reportedly play Hampton, a Black Panther activist and leader who was assassinated at 21 under orders from the FBI and Chicago PD. Stanfield is in talks to act opposite Kaluuya, as William O’Neal, an FBI informant. O’Neal went undercover in the Black Panther Party and subsequently played a major role in Hampton’s assassination. The film will explore Hampton’s life and legacy through the eyes of O’Neal. Zinzi Coogler, Poppy Hanks, Sev Ohanian, and Kim Roth will serve as executive producers.
Stanfield has appeared in both seasons of Atlanta as the fan favorite Darius. He also starred in last year’s criminally underrated Sorry to Bother You. He is set to appear later this year in Netflix’s Someone Great and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. Kaluuya broke out in 2017’s Get Out and has strung together a run of memorable appearances since, most recently in Steve McQueen’s Widows. He is set to appear alongside Lena Waithe later this year in Universal’s Queen & Slim.
Jesus Was My Homeboy has yet to receive a release date.