We recently got our first look at director Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, a volatile biopic on the life and assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers political group. A trailer for Judas dropped, showing off what appears to be a commanding lead performance by Daniel Kaluuya, as well as riveting support from LaKeith Stanfield and Dominique Fishback.
As luck would have it, the same day that CinemaBlend attended a trailer presentation for Judas and the Black Messiah, we were able to interview Dominique Fishback about her role opposite Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt in Netflix’s Project Power. Because the Judas trailer proved to be so incendiary, we asked Fishback about the importance of the narrative in the movie, and why she thought audiences should have the film on their radar. She explained:
Judas and the Black Messiah tells the true story of Fred Hampton’s rise to power in the Illinois Black Panthers. But Hampton’s ascension catches the eye of the U.S. government, who then leans on someone in Hampton’s inner circle, William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), to get agents close enough to pull off a raid that led to the man’s assassination.
Dominique Fishback plays Deborah Johnson, Hampton’s fiancée and the mother of his child. She was by the man’s side as the rose to prominence in the Black Panthers, and her role should be integral in Shaka King’s retelling. The first official trailer landed recently. You can watch it down below.
This is turning into a strong year for Dominique Fishback. She dives into action alongside Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt in the high-octane Project Power on Netflix. And while Judas and the Black Messiah doesn’t yet have a release date, we expect the movie to land on the streaming service before the year’s end, so it can be in awards consideration.
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