Colin Kaepernick will have his life story brought to the small screen.
Netflix has released the first look at Colin in Black & White, the upcoming limited series from Kaepernick and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay which will premiere on October 29th.
The six-episode scripted drama explores Kaepernick’s coming-of-age as he encounters the challenges of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family in central California. As the narrator of the series, Kapernick (Jaden Michael) chronicles his journey to becoming an NFL star who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance to sacrificing the prime of his career to spotlight Black victims who were killed by police officers by “taking a knee” during the National Anthem.
Colin’s parents, Rick and Teresa, are played by Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker and according to the first look photos, the series will also feature Klarke Pipkin as Crystal, Amarr Wooten as Eddie, and Mace Coronel as Jake.
“I’m excited to share this first peek into a project I co-created with the incomparable Ava DuVernay over the past couple of years,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I look forward to the world meeting the incredible Jaden Michael, a young actor who plays me during my high school years, just a kid growing up in Turlock, California who wanted to play ball.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since he began protesting racial injustice during the 2016-2017 season. In 2019, Kapernick won a settlement against the NFL after accusing the league of colluding to keep him out of football because of his protests.
DuVernay, Sheldon Candis, Robert Townsend, Angel Kristi Williams and Kenny Leon served as directors on the series, which is executive produced by DuVernay, Kaepernick and Michael Starrbury, the latter of whom wrote the series.