‘Get Out’ actors to film Black Panther Party biopic in Cleveland, movie extras needed

‘Get Out’ actors to film Black Panther Party biopic in Cleveland, movie extras needed
Daniel Kaluuya speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for "Black Panther", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) (Source: Gage Skidmore)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The upcoming Warner Bros. movie “Judas and the Black Messiah” will be filming in the Cleveland area between Oct. 21 and Dec. 13.

The feature film, formerly titled “Jesus Was my Homeboy,” will be a biopic about Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party who was killed during a police raid in Chicago in 1969.

According to IMDB, Academy Award-nominated British actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) will play Hampton.

Daniel Kaluuya attends the premiere for "Widows" on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Daniel Kaluuya attends the premiere for "Widows" on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) (Source: Evan Agostini)

Kaluuya’s “Get Out” co-star, Lakeith Stanfield, has been cast as William O’Neal – the informant who gave law enforcement the floor plan to the West Side Panther Party headquarters ahead of the raid.

The movie will be directed by Shaka King, who, along with Will Berson, also wrote the screenplay.

According to state records, Red Zone Pictures, Inc., the film’s production company, applied for an Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit on Sept. 20.

To be considered for a tax credit, eligible productions must spend a minimum of $300,000 per project in the state of Ohio. The estimated value of a tax credit is based upon total budgeted eligible production expenses.

Red Zone Pictures, Inc. has applied for a tax credit with an estimated value of $729,286.

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