Ava DuVernay is making a six-part Netflix series about the life of Colin Kaepernik. She has chosen Jaden Michael (The Get Down, Wonderstruck) to portray high-school aged Colin for the show.
The series will examine Kaepernik’s life as a Black child adopted by a white family, who went on to become a professional quarterback and eventually into civil rights activism.
Kaepernick received worldwide notice when he knelt during the national anthem before NFL games in protest of what he saw as police brutality and systemic racism in America. The movement spread to other players. The taking a knee protest has continued and become a symbol of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. BLM recently filed papers in the United Kingdom to become a recognized political party, therefore raising questions and challenging the many assumptions that their tacit supporters in sport, the media and corporations had made about the nature of the movement.
Kaepernick himself remains unsigned to any team to this day.
Michael Starrbury (When They See Us) is writing. He also produces alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. Kaepernick will also narrate and appear as himself.