For his latest project, Ryan Coogler pivots from the fictional Black Panther to a real life Black Panther Party leader: Fred Hampton. Deadline reports today (February 19) that the filmmaker is co-producing a biopic, “Jesus Was My Homeboy,” with Charles D. King (“Mudbound”) for Warner Bros.
The film will cover Hampton’s rise through the BPP Illinois chapter’s ranks and the Rainbow Coalition he built with the Latinx Young Lords and White Young Patriots Organization to jointly fight racism and classism. It will also explore the FBI’s infilatration of the party and its role in assassinating 21-year-old Hampton with the help of informant William O’Neal.
Daniel Kaluuya (“Black Panther”) and Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) are in talks to play Hampton and O’Neal, respectively. Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”) will direct from the script he co-wrote with Will Berson (“Sea Oak”).
*Headline has been corrected. Coogler is slated to be a producer rather than a director.