Jaden Michael To Portray Colin Kaepernick In Ava DuVernay’s ‘Colin in Black & White’
Colin Kaepernick is one of the most polarizing figures in recent history. The former NFL star used his platform to raise awareness for Black Lives Matter in response to the incalculable number of police killings of Black Americans. Since then, the athlete has severed all times with the NFL and continues to perform the duties of a social activist. However, outside of Kaepernick’s involvement in the issue, his life consists of a number of interesting stories and boundary-breaking moments. This story is set to be told over the course of a six-episode limited series on Netflix with Ava DuVernay at the helm. As first reported by Variety, Jaden Michael will star in the show as Kaepernick.
The casting makes sense following the young actor’s established relationship with Netflix. Previously, Michael starred in 2020’s Vampires vs. the Bronx and the acclaimed series The Get Down. Additional credits include Todd Haynes’ drama Wonderstruck and the indie feature Custody in which he starred opposite Viola Davis.
The series, titled Colin in Black & White, will feature a script written by When They See Us scribe Michael Starrbury. It will reportedly focus on Kaepernick’s teenage years and early sports successes in his hometown of Turlock, California. Moreover, the series will place a specific perspective on his unique outlook as a young biracial man adopted by a white family and the outlook it creates. Production will likely begin later this year.
DuVernay is one of the busiest and highly sought-after names in Hollywood. Over the last few years, she directed big-screen hits like A Wrinkle In Time. Additionally, the new Netflix series will continue the filmmaker’s relationship with the streamer after When They See Us, The 13th, and a cameo on BlackAF. Up next, the Academy Award-nominated director will develop a New Gods film for the DC Extended Universe alongside Tom King.
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