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Colin Kaepernick Netflix Series Casts Its Young Colin - Find Out Who Is Playing the Role!

Colin Kaepernick‘s Netflix series has found its young Colin!

The 32-year-old football player’s teenage self will be played by 17-year-old The Get Down actor Jaden Michael, the project announced Tuesday (October 27).

The upcoming Netflix series is based on the quarterback’s early upbringing, and is co-created by Ava DuVernay. The 6-episode limited series will be called Colin In Black & White.

Jaden, who also appeared in Wonderstruck and Vampires Vs. the Bronx, will play the role of Kap in his high school days in Turlock, Calif. and will focus on the story of the athlete growing up as a black man in an adopted white family, and how “his life shaped him to become one of the most important activists of our time, as well as an NFL quarterback,” via TMZ.

“I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life. I can’t wait for the world to see @ItsJadenMichael be an all-star on @netflix,” Colin tweeted.

Here’s where Colin was last spotted after the NFL kicked off a new season…

Ava DuVernay Is Turning Colin Kaepernick’s Life Into a Netflix Series!

Colin Kaepernick’s life is being turned into a scripted series for Netflix and Ava DuVernay is executive producing the project!

Colin in Black & White will be a six-episode series focusing on the football player’s “early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity,” according to Variety.

In a statement, Colin said, “Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. 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.”

The series has already been written and Colin is set to provide narration for the project.

Ava said, “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. 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.”

This is Ava’s fourth project at Netflix, following When They See Us, 13th, and her upcoming documentary about the late Nipsey Hussle.

See which celeb recently donated $3 million to the legal defense fund started by Colin.

Ava DuVernay Reveals Why She Was So Shocked By Seeing George Floyd's Murder

Ava DuVernay is getting real about the realization of police invisibility on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.

The acclaimed director opened up with the host about her reaction in watching the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin and just why she was so shocked by it.

“It was because we actually watched both parties’ faces perfectly framed…It was both men, right in your face, right to the lens — one begging for his life, and one taking his life,” Ava explained.

She went on, “It made me realize that we have let police officers who abuse off the hook by allowing them to recede into society and kind of disappear…”

Ava has also just launched a new project called LEAP – the Law Enforcement Accountability Project. This initiative will aim to change the narrative around police abuse, misconduct, and murder of Black people across all genres of art and will hold them accountable for their actions.

If you didn’t see, you can now stream Ava‘s directorial debut film, Selma, on all platforms now.

You can watch her full interview below:

Oscar-Nominated Movie 'Selma' Is Now Streaming for Free in June

Selma, Ava DuVernay‘s directorial debut, is available to stream for free for the entire month of June on multiple platforms.

The film centers on the historic civil rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) that culminated in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits racial discrimination in voting and ensures Black Americans, and other racial minorities, the right to vote.

The film, which also stars Oprah Winfrey, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and many others, will be on Amazon Prime and YouTube for free for the entire month.

The move follows Warner Bros. making their recent movie, Just Mercy that starred Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, for free as well.

David recently opened up about the film in an interview with ScreenDaily, where he admits the film was punished by the Academy because of the cast speaking out about the murder of Eric Garner, who also said “I Can’t Breathe” just moments before his death.

“I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called into the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring [sh--]?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that.’”

He adds, “It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world.”

Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay & Shonda Rhimes Dazzle at Vanity Fair Oscar Party!

Lena Waithe keeps it cool in a fierce suit while hitting the carpet at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night (February 9) at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 35-year-old Emmy-winner was joined at the event by her fellow storytellers Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Janet Mock and her boyfriend, Pose star Angel Bismark Curiel, as well as writer-director J.J. Abrams.

Lena Waithe attended the after party bash solo. It was recently rumored that Lena may have called it quits with her wife, Alana Mayo.

FYI: Lena is wearing a Richfresh ensemble. Ava is wearing a Galia Lahav gown, Kurt Geiger pumps, Judith Leiber clutch and jewelry by APM Monaco and Ruchi New York. Janet is wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown with Jimmy Choo shoes and Gismondi 1754 Jewelry. Angel is wearing an ETRO suit with Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Sam Rockwell, Chrissy Metz, & More Honor the Best Directors at DGA Awards 2020!

Sam Rockwell and Chrissy Metz appear on stage at the 2020 Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday (January 25) at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles.

Sam was at the event to honor his Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi, who was nominated for Best Director. Parasite‘s Bong Joon-ho received a tribute from the film’s star Lee Jeong-eun and The Irishman‘s Martin Scorsese (who did not attend) received a tribute from Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Leonardo DiCaprio was at the event to honor Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Quentin Tarantino while Sam Mendes won the Best Director award for 1917.

Honey Boy director Alma Har’el went home with the First-Time Feature Film Director award, which was presented by Catherine Hardwicke.

Bill Hader won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on Barry.

Some more nominated directors in attendance included The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, Queen & Slim‘s Melina Matsoukas, AtlanticsMati Diop, When They See UsAva DuVernay, El Camino‘s Vince Gilligan, and Fosse/Verdon‘s Thomas Kail.

More stars in attendance included Anthony Anderson, Constance Zimmer, Terry Crews, Katheryn Winnick, Byron Bowers, Judd Apatow, and Christine Lahti.

FYI: Chrissy is wearing a Coyan dress, Anabela Chan earrings, and a Jared Lehr ring.

60+ pictures inside of celebs at the DGA Awards… More Here! »

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Ava DuVernay & Jharrel Jerome Celebrate 'When They See Us' Win at Critics' Choice Awards 2020!

When They See Us is a winner!

The Netflix show took home the award for Best Limited Series at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday (January 12) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ava DuVernay

On hand to accept the award was creator Ava DuVernay along with cast members Jharrel Jerome, Niecy Nash, John Leguizamo, and Asante Blackk.

Congrats to everyone involved in When They See Us!

15+ pictures inside of Ava DuVernay and the cast at the awards show…More Here! »

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