Ryan Coogler is working on his latest project — and there’s no better time to make the announcement than during Black History Month. The Black Panther director is teaming up with Charles D. King to produce a brand new film for Warner Bros. titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, which tells the story of iconic Black Panther Party (BPP) member Fred Hampton.
According to Deadline, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) is in talks to star as Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) in talks to star as William O’Neal. O’Neal is the man who betrayed then 21-year-old Hampton by providing the FBI with a detailed layout of Fred Hampton’s apartment, which resulted in a controversial 1969 raid that killed both Hampton and fellow BPP member Mark Clark. The film, as seen through William O’Neal’s eyes, will also explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers and the psychology of their informant. In the angry controversy after the raid, the Chicago Tribune reports, police maintained they were justified in opening fire, but the Panthers saw the raid as a pretext for killing Hampton.
Fred Hampton was an activist and revolutionary. He also served as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers organization and deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party.
Set to executive produce Jesus Was My Homeboy, which will be co-financed by Warner Bros. and King’s production banner MACRO, is Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and MACRO’s Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks. The screenplay is based on a story originated by Shaka King, Berson and the Lucas Bros.