Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix show is officially one step closer to filming.
Tuesday morning, it was announced that actor Jaden Michael has landed the role to play a younger version of the quarterback in the show titled Colin In Black & White. Michael isn’t new to the bright lights since he’s previously played in The Get Down and in the horror-comedy, Vampires vs. the Bronx.
Kap’s Netflix show was first announced back in June and will aim to show what he was like in his formative and high school years that led to him taking a knee in at football’s biggest stage to push for racial change throughout America. It will also delve into what it was like the be a Black man raised by adopted white parents.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” Kaepernick said in a release. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally,” said DuVernay in a statement back in June. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”
A release date for the show hasn’t been announced, as filming is still scarce due to the coronavirus pandemic.