‘Get Out’ Star To Play Fred Hampton In Upcoming Biopic

Saturday, March 30, 2019 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Daninel Kaluuya, the star of Get Out, is set to play Fred Hampton in an upcoming film produced by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

Maywood native and slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton has been trending in Hollywood over the last few years. Last month, news broke that a second film about his life is in development.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King’s MACRO (Mudbound) are producing movie Jesus Was My Homeboy, about iconic Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton, for Warner Bros,” Deadline Hollywood reported in February.

Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya is in talks to star as activist Hampton with Atlanta and Sorry To Bother You star Lakeith Stanfield in talks to play William O’Neal, the man who betrayed Hampton to the FBI. Shaka King (Newlyweeds) will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson (Sea Oak).”

The slain activist and Maywood native Fred Hampton.

This is the second movie that’s reportedly in development about Hampton’s life. In 2017, Deadline Hollywood also broke the news that Antoine Fuqua, the Academy Award-winning director of Training Day, was developing a film about Maywood native and Black Panther icon Fred Hampton, according to numerous media reports. Deadline Hollywood broke the story.

“The untitled movie is a passion project for Fuqua,” reported Variety. “It’s based on Jeffrey Haas’ book ‘The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther,’ which has been adapted by Chris Smith.” VFP

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