Colin Kaepernick made headlines during his NFL career on and, perhaps more notably, off the field. The fact that his story is getting a TV adaptation isn’t overly surprising. What is surprising is the direction that Kaepernick, Ava DuVerany and Netflix have opted to go with for Colin in Black and White.
Rather than focusing on Kaepernick’s recent social activism and his protest against police brutality that saw him take a knee during the National Anthem during his final season in the NFL, the story will focus on a younger Kaepernick.
Find out more about Colin in Black and White below.
What is the plot of ‘Colin in Black and White’?
Kaepernick’s protests and post-NFL career have been well documented, so instead he teamed with DuVernay to create a series based on his teenage years that led him to become the activist that he is today.
The biracial Kaepernick was adopted by white parents, and the drama series will dive into how his background and how sports and his interactions outside of athletics in a predominantly white California neighborhood impacted him.
The first season will feature six episodes.
Who is in the ‘Colin in Black and White’ cast?
Playing the role of a young Colin Kaepernick will be Jaden Michael. Michael’s biggest roles to date came in the Baz Luhrmann Netflix series The Get Down, a role in the film Wonderstruck and a couple of episodes of Blue Bloods.
Joining Michael in the cast are Nick Offerman and Mary Louise Parker as Kaepernick’s adoptive parents, as well as Amarr, Mace Coronel, Howard M. Lockie, Jacob Buster, Chris O’Neal, Ron Roggé, Sarah Hamilton, Johnny Lee and Klarke Pipkin.
The real Colin Kaepernick will also appear in the series as the narrator.
When is the ‘Colin in Black and White’ release date?
Netflix previously announced a release date of Oct. 29 for Colin in Black and White, dropping all six episodes of the series at the same time.
Colin in Black and White is one of the marquee new shows set to debut on the streaming service this fall. Others include the much anticipated adaptation of the anime series Cowboy Bebop, the new Mike Flanagan horror series Midnight Mass and new drama series Maid.
Is there a ‘Colin in Black and White’ trailer?
Netflix has released a new trailer for Colin in Black and White. This features the most footage we've seen from the show to date, with a look at Kaepernick's relationship with his parents and his own identity, some of the prejudices he had to deal with in high school and his talent that would help make him a star athlete. Check out the full trailer below.
During Netflix's recent "Tudum" special event, the streaming service also premiered the first clip from Colin in Black and White. Give it a look below.
How to watch ‘Colin in Black and White’
Colin in Black and White is a Netflix original series, meaning that it is exclusive to the streamer. So, if you are not one of the 200 million plus global subscribers to Netflix, you will need to join their ranks in order to watch the new series. Netflix offers its base package for $13.99, with additional plans available offering different features (including 4K).
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.