Judas and the Black Messiah, the historical drama that has recently entered the Oscars race, has been added to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, ahead of its release on HBO Max, Warner Bros has also released an exhilarating new trailer for the film following the initial trailer which was shared about five months ago.
The upcoming movie stars Daniel Kaluuya, taking the lead role of Hampton. Lakeith Stanfield also played the role of O’Neal. Others are Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders and Martin Sheen.
The feature film, which is the directorial debut of Shaka King, tells the story of how the Black Panther Party came to be infiltrated by William O’Neal (played by Stanfield) in order to gather intelligence on the chairman, Fred Hampton (played by Kaluuya) who is eventually assassinated. The Black Panther Party was a vital part of the American Civil Rights movement.
Judas and the Black Messiah will have its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on February 1, 2021, at both virtual and in-person screenings. Sundance Festival Director Tabitha Jackson says, “We are delighted to welcome these powerful works into our program.” Jackson adds that, “In a year where our Festival already exemplifies the vanguard of bold, visionary storytelling from around the world, they help further expand our boundaries.”
American film giant, Warner Bros will release the Judas and the Black Messiah 12 February 2021 in the United States. The film which was originally scheduled to be released on 21 August 2020, was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.