Why I Can’t Wait To See Judas And The Black Messiah Starring Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield

by Shaye Wyllie
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I just watched the Judas And The Black Messiah movie trailer and I can not wait!

First of all, if you read my Umbrella Academy posts then you know I tend to shy away from anything that I think will trigger me, and movies about our past happen to be one of those things. I tend to look for movies and tv shows that will cheer me up but every now and then (like when I saw US or Queen and Slim) I make an exception … especially when Black actors and directors are involved!

And this time is no exception! I will be gladly heading to theaters to see this movie in 2021.

I absolutely love Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, who I met earlier this year at the NYC World Premiere for The Photograph … so I can not wait for this!

Having the protests hit so close to home in June, like literally 10 mins away from my home and having to speak up for what’s right this year has really put some things in perspective for me. You’ll probably notice the shift in my content as well. I went from just writing happy, funny, reviews like … 

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To writing more about how Black characters are represented in film (or not represented at all) over the last few weeks, like …

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If 2020 has taught me anything it’s that I can no longer keep quiet about how I truly feel and that my voice is needed. I guess growing up as a kid and not being able to share how I felt without backlash trickled into adulthood and now I’m surrounding myself with women who are reminding me that my voice does matter.

So I think seeing Judas and the Black Messiah will be another big shift for me personally and it’s definitely taking me in the direction I want to go in career-wise as well.

Knowing our history is hard for me because our history is seeping in trauma. I’m an empath and one thing I hate is seeing or hearing people in pain. I tend to soak up the feelings of others around me so I try to distance myself from anything that could potentially cause more stress. But as they say, you have to know where you came from to move forward, right?

And if I’m going to make a name for myself as a Black movie critic (*whew* I’ve never said that before) then I can no longer stray away from our movies, instead, I have to do the work that’s needed to get through them and really show the world why they should be supporting Black actors and directors and producers.

Because if we don’t support them, we’ll never get more movies like them! Our Black creatives will never get a chance to tell their story or the stories they feel compelled to tell.

I promised myself in January that I would intentionally cover more Black films, and so I’m going to do just that. Even when it’s hard!

Plus, both Daniel and Lakeith are exceptional actors! Daniel’s performance in Queen and Slim and Black Panther, moved me the same way Laketih’s performance did in The Photograph and Sorry To Bother You.

Yes, those are all different genres, but each time I left the theater watching one of their films I felt proud to be Black! Proud to even know their name! I’d probably watch them both in absolutely anything!

So having them both in this film is going to make for an extremely powerful movie! If we don’t leave theaters inspired and feeling like we need to be more intentional on how we choose to speak up for what’s right then something ain’t right and I’ll find out who to send our complaint letters to.

But I have no doubt that Judas and the Black Messiah is going to do (for me) what Queen and Slim and The Photograph and even The Banker did for me. Omg, and how could I forget Charm City Kings! All of these Black films left me in awe.

So I look forward to meeting Daniel Kaluuya for the first time at the ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Red Carpet movie premiere next year and meeting Lakeith again.

Hopefully this time I’ll have more to say than just “can I get a selfie”.

Which if I’m being honest, my friend had to push me to ask for that photo because she knew I “needed it for social media”. I’m really not the celeb selfie type.

I’ve always been the girl who just wanted to sit down with celebs in a comfortable, casual space and have a fun conversation over drinks or food. I’ve always imagined myself as the girl who instead of asking for a photo would strike up a compelling conversation about what I liked or didn’t like. (So I guess I need to be more intentional about that as well.)

Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing this movie! If you haven’t already seen the trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah check it out below and tell me what you think about it.

About The Film

Chairman Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. But they could not kill Fred Hampton’s legacy and, 50 years later, his words still echo…louder than ever.

I am a revolutionary!

In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people.

Chairman Fred was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI, and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside…and the inside.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Widows,” “Black Panther”) as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield (“Atlanta,” “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”) as William O’Neal. The film also stars Jesse Plemons (“Vice,” “Game Night,” “The Post”), Dominique Fishback (“The Hate U Give,” “The Deuce”), Ashton Sanders (“The Equalizer 2,” “Moonlight”) and Martin Sheen (“The Departed,” TV’s “The West Wing,” TV’s “Grace & Frankie”).

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is directed by Shaka King, marking his studio feature film directorial debut.

The project originated with King and his writing partner, Will Berson, who co-wrote the screenplay, and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas, who co-wrote the story with Berson & King. King, who has a long relationship with filmmaker Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), pitched the film to Coogler and Charles D. King (“Just Mercy,” “Fences”), who are producing the film.

The executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Ravi Mehta, Jeff Skoll, Anikah McLaren, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Ted Gidlow, and Niija Kuykendall. The ensemble cast also includes Algee Smith (“The Hate U Give,” “Detroit”), Darrell Britt-Gibson (“Just Mercy,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Dominique Thorne (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Amari Cheatom (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Django Unchained”), Caleb Eberhardt (“The Post”), and Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”).

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Sean Bobbitt (“12 Years a Slave,” “Widows”), production designer Sam Lisenco (“Shades of Blue”), editor Kristan Sprague (“Random Acts of Flyness”) and costume designer Charlese Antoinette Jones (“Raising Dion”). The film is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with MACRO Films, Participant and BRON Creative, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

And with so many talented Black artists and creatives attached to this film, how can we not go see it?

Are you excited to see judas and the black messiah next year?

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