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    Updated on Aug 8, 2020. Posted on Aug 7, 2020

    "Judas And The Black Messiah" Is The Most Chilling Trailer I've Seen In A Long Time And I Am Here For It

    The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield and was produced by Ryan Coogler...need I say more?

    In case you haven't heard, Warner Bros. has an upcoming film called Judas and the Black Messiah. Set in 1968 and based on a true story, it follows charismatic activist and chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party Fred Hampton and his eventual betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.

    A scene from the movie at a Black Panther meeting with members raising their fists in unity
    Glen Wilson / Warner Bros.

    And here's a look at the 🔥 trailer:

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    The film stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton...

    Still frame of Daniel Kaluuya side by side with a historical photo of the real Fred Hampton
    Warner Bros., Bettmann / Getty Images

    ...and Lakeith Stanfield as William O’Neal.

    LaKeith Stanfield side by side with the real William O'Neal in a documentary interview
    Warner Bros., PBS

    (Yes, yes, it's a Get Out reunion!)

    Rounding out the star-powered cast is Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sander, Martin Sheen, and many more.

    It's also being produced by prolific Black Panther helmer Ryan Coogler. ~NBD~

    Ryan Coogler standing in front of a Black Panther sign at the film premiere
    Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

    Let's not forget that Coogler also made Creed and Fruitvale Station...just to name a few other hits.

    Speaking at a press event, Coogler explained that his friendship with the film's director, Shaka King, actually goes all the way back to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. He also talked about how this eventually led to his involvement with the project:

    Shaka King was at the Sundance Film Festival with me at the same time as I was there with Fruitvale Station. We were a couple of the few black people there with our films in the program, so we became fast friends. The first time he told me about this project, my wife [Zinzi Evans] and I were in New York spending time with King and his family. I didn't know who William O'Neal was or his story, and when he pitched the project to me, I was just kind of blown away. Chairman Fred Hampton is someone whose lifework, and the story of his assassination, has been relevant since the day it happened, and only continues to become more relevant with context.

    And audiences seem hyped about what's to come from King's studio directorial debut:

    @wbpictures @MatthewACherry I'm crying, Daniel Kaluuya just won best actor

    that judas and the black messiah trailer was so good though it was cut and edited really well gave me chills

    The JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH trailer is absolute fire 🔥🔥🔥 #JudasAndTheBlackMessiah https://t.co/3ypdqAeGAI

    There's no specific release date for Judas and the Black Messiah yet, but according to the trailer, it'll drop sometime later this year (and only in theaters)...so stay tuned!

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