Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield in talks to work on film about Black Panther Party leader
Shaka King will direct and produce the project, which he has co-written with Will Berson
Get Out co-stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield are in negotiations to star in the historical drama Jesus Was My Homeboy, about Black Panther Party leader, Fred Hampton.
Filmmaker Shaka King will direct and produce the project, which he has co-written with Will Berson. The film will focus on the death of Hampton and fellow Black Panther, Mark Clark, who were killed in 1969 during a raid conducted by a state tactical unit in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. Their death was ruled as a justifiable homicide by the inquest. However, a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the survivors and the relatives of Hampton and Clark resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.
If the deals are made, Kaluuya will portray Hampton, while Stanfield will play William O'Neal, who had provided the FBI with detailed plans of Hampton's apartment. O'Neal committed suicide in 1990.
Black Panther-director Ryan Coogler is producing the film, along with Charles King, through his Marco Production company, and the project is set up at Warner Bros.