Netflix casts Jaden Michael as younger Colin Kaepernick
Netflix has discovered its younger Colin Kaepernick: Jaden Michael.
Michael will play the NFL quarterback and civil rights activist within the upcoming collection “Colin in Black & White,” and Ava DuVernay will direct the primary episode.
The six-episode collection will comply with Kaepernick’s childhood as a younger African-American teen rising up in a white adoptive household and the way his experiences formed each his soccer expertise and his activist work.
Jaden Michael, 17, is finest recognized for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix collection “The Get Down” and he’s additionally appeared in episodes of “Gotham” and “Blue Bloods.”
Kaepernick, 32, who performed for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons, first got here to widespread media consideration for kneeling in the course of the Nationwide Anthem to peacefully protest police brutality towards the black group and systemic racism in 2016. He grew to become a free agent with no staff from 2017 to the current, and it’s generally stated that he was blackballed. It’s develop into a scorching level of rivalry, with varied ex-NFLers talking out about it. He filed a lawsuit towards the league for maintaining him from enjoying earlier than reaching a settlement in 2019.
Satirically, in the course of the renewed worldwide surge of the Black Lives Matter motion this summer season following the killing of George Floyd in police custody, NFL groups all made statements affirming their help of Black Lives Matter — together with Kaepernick’s former staff, the 49ers.
He’ll govt produce the collection alongside DuVernay, and it will likely be written by Michael Starrbury (“When They See Us”).
“Colin in Black & White” doesn’t but have a premiere date.
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