“Judas and the Black Messiah”, the Fred Hampton film produced by Ryan Coogler, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival before moving to HBO Max and theaters, they announced on Tuesday the programmers.
In the film, Daniel Kaluuya plays the leader of the Black Panther Party and his “Get Out” co-star Lakeith Stanfield as FBI informant William O’Neill, who agrees to infiltrate the group in late October. the 1960s. Martin Sheen plays J. Edgar Hoover, who headed the FBI at the time.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” will premiere on February 1 on the festival’s digital platforms and in various drive-ins in cities including Birmingham, Alabama; Columbia, South Carolina Carolina, and Atlanta.
The 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which begins on January 28, will be largely virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets are currently on sale.
Coogler, who directed “Black Panther,” has a long history at Sundance. His first film, “Fruitvale Station,” premiered at the festival in 2013 and won audience and jury awards.
“Judas …” is among the Warner Bros. films of 2021 that will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, where its subscribers in the United States will be able to see it beginning February 12.