Netflix has shared exclusive photos for its forthcoming limited series, Colin in Black & White. Premiering on October 29th, the show chronicles activist and former NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s coming-of-age story as he grappled with race, class, and identity as a Black adopted child within a white family.
Jaden Michael stars as young Colin, while Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker play his parents Rick and Teresa. Kaepernick narrates his own story and takes viewers through “a robust and colorfully presented array of historical and contemporary contextual moments.”
The series was created and is executively produced by Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick. “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,” said Kaepernick 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.”
In an interview with EW, Michael expressed why his role was so monumental in sharing Kaepernick’s story. “A lot of stresses come with a project of this magnitude,” he said. “These conversations need to be had. On the forefront of my mind was, do I want to attack these conversations, or do I want to sort of make an experience for everyone? I found that I think it’s most important for people who don’t agree with Colin to find a safe place to watch something interesting and informative where they can redo their research and try and understand Colin from a different perspective.”
Below, view the first-look photos of the series provided by Netflix.