Netflix released the trailer for its upcoming drama series on the life of Colin Kaepernick, Colin in Black & White. The coming-of-age series, produced by Ava DuVernay and narrated by Kaepernick, premieres Oct. 29.
In the series, Jaden Michael stars as Kaepernick in his formative years. Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) are also featured in the project as Kaepernick’s adoptive parents, Rick and Teresa.
“When we’re young, we’re told that the world is ours, that we should figure out our path and take our shot,” Kaepernick said in the trailer. “Then one day we realize the game we’re playing is someone else’s.”
The series is described as “a bold new limited series that chronicles Kaepernick’s coming-of-age story, tackling the obstacles of race, class and culture as the Black adopted child of a white family,” according to Shadow and Act. Kaepernick also appears to provide historical and cultural context to what’s on screen.
COLIN IN BLACK & WHITE on Netflix Oct 29
Some people play the game. Others change it.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2021
Kaepernick said he’s eager for the project to be released to the public.
“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 previous statement received by Shadow and Act. “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.”
DuVernay and Kaepernick are joined on the production team by Michael Starrbury, who scripted the series and serves as executive producer, according to Hollywood Reporter.com. Directors include DuVernay, Sheldon Candis, Robert Townsend, Angel Kristi Williams, and Kenny Leon.