Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield (who shared the screen in "Get Out') are in negotiations to star in the historical drama “Jesus Was My Homeboy” about Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton.
Ryan Coogler is producing, but not directing. (Kaluuya was also in Coogler's "Black Panther," of course, about the Marvel superhero, not the political party.)
Shaka King will direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson. It will focus on the infamous 1969 death of Hampton, who was shot and killed in his own apartment during a police and FBI raid. His death was ruled a justifiable homicide, but a civil lawsuit resulted in a $1.85 million settlement in 1982.
Kaluuya is in talks to play Hampton and Stanfield would play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who later committed suicide.
The two actors shared a pivotal scene in Jordan Peele's hit horror movie in which Stanfield's semi-catatonic character warns Kaluuya's to "Get out!"
Last year, Kaluuya played a brutal crime boss in "Widows," and Stanfield was a telemarketer in Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You."