Colin Kaepernick is taking us back, way back, with the first look at his upcoming Netflix series, Colin in Black & White. The six-episode series will follow Kaepernick as he grows and evolves as a young kid in Turlock, California. Throughout the series, Kaepernick will play the role of the narrator while Jaden Michael portrays the young NFL star on screen.
In the first few photos from Netflix, viewers see a young Kaepernick flirting with his high school crush and hanging out with his friends. There's also a photo of the two actors portraying Kaepernick's adopted parents along with a photo of current day Kaepernick wearing all Black as he walks toward the camera.
“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.
“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's Colin in Black & White is supported by a number of talented Black creatives. Star journalist Jemele Hill worked on the series as a creative consultant and Michael Starburry of The Legends of Chamberlain Heights fame helped write the script. Also, the former NFL quarterback worked closely with executive producer Ava DuVernay on the project. DuVernay has previously placed her award-winning documentary, 13th, on Netflix along with the critically acclaimed limited series, When They See Us.
“It’s a deeply collaborative process, not much different than the way that I approached working with the Exonerated Five on When They See Us,” DuVernay explained.
“We’re working with a nonlinear format. You’ll see it as not just a straight story, there’s nonlinearity and genre-hopping within the piece. All of those conversations and the experimentation were something that we did together.”
Colin in Black & White will debut on Netflix on October 29.