"Judas and the Black Messiah" is a 2021 American biographical drama film directed by Shaka King.
The starring cast includes Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton, Jesse Plemons as Roy Mitchell, Dominique Fishback as Deborah Johnson, Ashton Sanders as Jimmy Palmer, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Bobby Rush, Algee Smith as Jake Winters, Lil Rel Howery as Wayne, Dominique Thorne as Judy Harmon, Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover, Lakeith Stanfield and others.

Here are "Judas and the Black Messiah" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah movie?

Warner Bros. Pictures on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 released the trailer for "Judas and the Black Messiah" you can watch here:

Plot summary

What is Judas and the Black Messiah movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Judas and the Black Messiah" movie plot summary.

In the late 1960s, 17-year-old petty criminal William "Bill" O'Neal is arrested in Chicago after attempting to hijack a car while posing as a federal officer. He is approached by FBI Special Agent (Michael Buonomo) Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons), who offers to have O'Neal's charges dropped if he works undercover for the bureau. O'Neal is assigned to infiltrate the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and its leader, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).
O'Neal begins to grow close to Hampton, who works to form alliances with rival gangs and militia groups while extending community outreach through the BPP's Free Breakfast for Children Program. Hampton's persuasive oratory skills eventually help to form the multiracial Rainbow Coalition. Hampton also falls in love with Deborah Johnson (Dominique Fishback), a fellow BPP member. O'Neal begins to relay intel to Mitchell, who in return compensates him with money. When a fugitive Party member, George Sams (Terayle Hill), hides out at the local BPP office, O'Neal learns from Mitchell that Sams is an informant whose presence in BPP offices allows the bureau to obtain search warrants.
After Hampton is arrested and imprisoned, O'Neal begins to rise through the ranks and is promoted to security captain. When a shootout between the Chicago Police and the BPP occurs at the chapter office, O'Neal sneaks out as the office is bombed by the police. Afterward, O'Neal attempts to quit being an informant but is rejected by Mitchell.
After Hampton is released from prison while appealing his charges, he reunites with Deborah, now pregnant with his child. A BPP member, Jimmy Palmer (Ashton Sanders), who was hospitalized after being shot by a police officer, is killed while being transferred to another hospital. Enraged upon learning of Jimmy's death, fellow member Jake Winters (Algee Smith) engages in a shootout with police, killing several officers before being gunned down himself.


Who plays who in the Judas and the Black Messiah movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Judas and the Black Messiah" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Daniel Kaluuya  as Fred Hampton chairman of the Black Panther chapter in Chicago
Jesse Plemons  as Roy Mitchell O'Neal's FBI Special Agent handler
Dominique Fishback  as Deborah Johnson Hampton's girlfriend and a Black Panther member
Ashton Sanders  as Jimmy Palmer a Black Panther member
Darrell Britt-Gibson  as Bobby Rush co-founder of the Black Panther Party chapter in Chicago
Algee Smith  as Jake Winters a Black Panther member
Lil Rel Howery  as Wayne an undercover FBI agent
Dominique Thorne  as Judy Harmon a Black Panther member
Martin Sheen  as J. Edgar Hoover Director of the FBI
Amari Cheatom  as Rod Collins leader of the Crowns, a fictionalized version of a Chicago gang
Khris Davis  as Steel a Crowns member
Ian Duff  as Doc Satchel
Caleb Eberhardt  as Bob Lee
Robert Longstreet  as Special Agent Carlyle Mitchell's FBI colleague
Amber Chardae Robinson  as Betty Coachman
Nicholas Velez  as José Cha Cha Jiménez founder of the Young Lords group
Terayle Hill  as George Sams a Black Panther chairman
LaKeith Stanfield  as Bill O'Neal
Ikechukwu Ufomadu  as Walter Hicks
James Udom  as Compton
Nick Fink  as Fesperman
Mell Bowser  as Tex
Alysia Joy Powell  as Mrs. Winters
Aj Carr  as Anthony Timmons (as Ajani Aj Carr)
Tommy Lafitte  as Pool Hall Bartender
China Shavers  as College Student
Crystal Lee Brown  as Darlene
Graham Lutes  as Alex
Jonathan Scialabba  as CPD Officer
Adam Ratcliffe  as Cop
RayJonaldy Rodriguez  as Mexican Teen
Tyra Joy Smith  as Tracy Randle
Deonte Stubbs  as Dice Game Onlooker (as Deonté Stubbs)
Cliff Weissman  as Hospital Cop
Tone Tank  as Officer Carcetti
James Bruner  as Officer Williams
Winston Haynes  as Captain James Byrne
Raymond Seay  as Oldest Kid (as Raymond Seay III)
Latjuan Wells  as Youngest Kid
Michael 'Mick' Harrity  as Menard Prison Warden (as Michael Harrity)
Will F. Moore  as Interviewer
Ken Bolden  as Maître d'
Maggie Callahan  as Blonde Girl (as Maggie Tyma)
Michael Buonomo  as FBI Agent
Aaron Kleiber  as Agent Saunders
Brian Bowman  as Reg
Cooper Bucha  as James
Robert Forte Shannon III  as Prisoner (as Robert 7 Shannon)
The Lady of Rage  as Lady Panther

Release date

When is Judas and the Black Messiah movie release date?

"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie release date was scheduled to be on February 1, 2021 (United States) distributing by Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Singapore and HBO Max.


What are Judas and the Black Messiah filming details?

The duration of the film is 126 minutes. With a budget of $26 million, the film grossed over $6.1 million.

"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began in Cleveland, Ohio on October 21, 2019.


What are critics and audiences saying about Judas and the Black Messiah movie?

"Judas and the Black Messiah" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 96/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

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