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'Judas and the Black Messiah' is already receiving awards buzz for its performances by Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, and LaKeith Stanfield, who plays turncoat William O'Neal. The cast and Shaka King, who directed and co-wrote the film, recently spoke with Yahoo Entertainment about how they decided to tell the real-life tale and the challenges they faced.
"The first thing I really connected to were his words," King said of Hampton. "He not only had a way of making potentially lofty concepts incredibly accessible, he also made them entertaining."
"There was a weight of the cultural responsibility," Kaluuya said of playing the role of Hampton. "And then meeting the [Hampton] family, there was an emotional resonsibility."
Watch more from the interview in the video above.