‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ focuses on Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and why FBI targeted him

(L-R) Darrell Britt-Gibson as Bobby Rush, Daniel Kaluuya as Chairman Fred Hampton and Lakeith Stanfield as in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Photo by Glen Wilson/Warner Bros.

In “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Daniel Kaluuya plays Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther party during the late 1960s. He’s the messiah, a term FBI director J. Edgar Hoover used when describing the threat Hampton posed to create a possible Black revolution. LaKeith Stanfield plays FBI informant Bill O’Neal, a.k.a. Judas, who infiltrated the Black Panther party in Chicago and aimed to take down Hampton. The film is currently streaming on HBO Max.

Credits

Guest:

  • Shaka King - writer, director, and producer of “Judas and the Black Messiah”