Jaden Michael will play younger Colin Kaepernick in Ava DuVernays Colin in Black & White – Daily Mail

Jaden Michael will play younger Colin Kaepernick in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White

Jaden Michael is set to portray a younger incarnation of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White.

All involved took to social media to hearken the project, which DuVernay described as ‘a story about identity, imagination and intention.’

DuVernay said that ‘collaborating with [Kaepernick] on this series has been a proud journey, adding, ‘Thanks to @netflix and our partner @michaelstarrbury.’

The latest: Jaden Michael, 17, is set to portray a younger incarnation of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 32, in Ava DuVernay's Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White

The latest: Jaden Michael, 17, is set to portray a younger incarnation of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 32, in Ava DuVernay's Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White

Cultural icon: Colin Kaepernick, seen with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, began taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police brutality

Cultural icon: Colin Kaepernick, seen with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, began taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police brutality

The latest: Jaden Michael, 17, is set to portray a younger incarnation of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 32, in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series Colin in Black & White 

She continued: ‘Congrats, @jadenmichael! From all of us at @arraynow’s COLIN IN BLACK AND WHITE.’

Michael, 17, said thanks and added that he ‘couldn’t be more ecstatic to tell the story of the Legend, the Leader, the All-Star, [Colin] Kaepernick.’

‘The very well deserved biopic of the amazing @kaepernick7 directed by @ava thanks to @netflix is coming to your screen in the near future!’ said Michael, who’s also been seen in The Get Down, Vampires vs the Bronx, Wonderstruck and The Bug Diaries. ‘Its happening!’

Kaepernick, who’s an executive producer on the film, grew up in Turlock, California, playing football, basketball and baseball when he was younger, as well as developing a sense of cultural identity.

Cultural icon: Kaepernick, seen with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, kneeled during a 2016 game against the Chargers

Cultural icon: Kaepernick, seen with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, kneeled during a 2016 game against the Chargers

Cultural icon: Kaepernick, seen with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, kneeled during a 2016 game against the Chargers 

DuVernay, pictured earlier this year in LA, described as 'a story about identity, imagination and intention'

DuVernay, pictured earlier this year in LA, described as 'a story about identity, imagination and intention'

DuVernay, pictured earlier this year in LA, described as ‘a story about identity, imagination and intention’

Kaepernick, who’s an executive producer on the film, said: ‘I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life. I can’t wait for the world to see @ItsJadenMichael be an all-star on @netflix #ColinInBlackAndWhite @ava.’

The former 49ers quarterback grew up in Turlock, California, playing football, basketball and baseball when he was younger, as well as developing a sense of cultural identity.

Kaepernick became a focal point of national attention in 2016 when he started to take a knee during the national anthem to protest over police brutality and racism. He reached a settlement in a collusion lawsuit last year after going unsigned by all NFL franchises in the three seasons since.

The one-time Super Bowl quarterback last took an NFL field in 2016, as no teams have signed him in the three seasons since

The one-time Super Bowl quarterback last took an NFL field in 2016, as no teams have signed him in the three seasons since

The one-time Super Bowl quarterback last took an NFL field in 2016, as no teams have signed him in the three seasons since 

NFL agent Andre Odom last month told the AP that Kaepernick remains ‘a visionary’ and ‘a pioneer for our generation and we are truly grateful for him’ after the NFL made anti-racism gestures amid the social protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a police officer.

‘Making such a huge sacrifice for change isn’t easy for anyone,’ Odom said. ‘Now seeing the NFL acknowledge that they should’ve listened to him just shows that the time is now to really stand up, strategize, implement and execute initiatives for the African American community … it takes us all.’

All involved took to social media to hearken the project

All involved took to social media to hearken the project

All involved took to social media to hearken the project