Netflix 'Colin in Black & White': 5 things about show on NFL star Colin Kaepernick
The limited six-episode series looks at the life and times of the famed San Francisco 49ers QB
Ava DuVernay returns to Netflix with her latest piece of work that has garnered immense global attention. Former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick becomes the subject of her latest docuseries, 'Colin in Black & White'. The limited six-episode series looks at the life and times of the famed San Francisco 49ers QB. He made waves in 2016, for kneeling during the national anthem at the start of NFL games in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the US.
He made headlines again for his protests in 2020 amid the George Floyd protests against police brutality and racism. DuVernay, in her statement, 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.” Here are five things to know ahead of the much-awaited series.
When will 'Colin in Black & White' release?
'Colin in Black & White' premieres on October 29 on Netflix.
Who stars in the limited docuseries?
Kaepernick plays himself, while Jaden Michael plays his younger version in the series. Rick Offerman ('We're the Millers') and Mary-Louise Parker ('Weeds') play his parents.
What is 'Colin in Black & White' all about?
The official synopsis reads: “Colin in Black & White chronicles Kaepernick’s coming of age story, tackling the obstacles of race, class, and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family. ‘Colin in Black & White’ stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who appears as the present-day narrator of his own story, guiding viewers through a robust and colorfully presented array of historical and contemporary contextual moments. You don’t know Kaepernick until you know Colin.”
Ava DuVernay co-created the series with Kaepernick and also serves as the director of the first episode. Sheldon Candis directs Episode 2, Robert Townsend helms Episodes 3 and 4, while Angel Kristi Williams serves as the director for Episode 5. Kenny Leon directs Episode 6.