During the late 1960s, Fred Hampton was one of the biggest voices in the American Black Panther Party where he preached revolutionary socialism and founded the Rainbow Coalition. He was also shot repeatedly in the head at point blank range by members of the Chicago Police Department in 1969. In 2021, director Shaka King looks to tell Hampton’s story, and that of the man who betrayed him, in visceral detail.
That at least appears to be the compelling setup of Judas and the Black Messiah, a new film which just dropped the riveting trailer.
While no release date is currently slated—a smart decision in these times—the trailer rather emphatically promises Judas and the Black Messiah will be coming only to theaters.