Lakeith Stanfield is a chameleon in that his elite acting ability allows him to truly capture the essence of a character and bring them to life, no matter what the role is. From television to the silver screen, Stanfield offers captivating performances across all mediums. Despite appearing in several other films prior, Stanfield’s first claim-to-fame would be from his role as Darius Epp in Donald Glover’s television series Atlanta. From there, Stanfield blossomed. His next major Hollywood appearance would be in Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed film Get Out. While he played more of a minor role as the possessed Logan King, Stanfield’s performance still captured audiences and showcased his acting talent.
Stanfield would later be cast in more films, eventually starring in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You a year later. This was just another example of how Stanfield can mold himself to whatever character he’s playing. Stanfield followed this impressive performance with a scorching hot 2019, appearing in both A24’s Uncut Gems alongside Adam Sandler and Lionsgate’s Knives Out.
Stanfield’s most recent show-stopping performance came in his Oscar-nominated portrayal of FBI informant William O’Neal in Judas and the Black Messiah with Daniel Kaluuya playing Chairman Fred Hampton. O’Neal was one of the people responsible for the FBI getting the drop on Hampton and assassinating him. Stanfield said that this was one of the more challenging characters he had to play because O’Neal’s values differed so starkly from his own. Nonetheless, Stanfield put together yet another memorable showing. Lakeith Stanfield has already solidified his place as a heavy-hitting actor in Hollywood, and it is largely because of how versatile he is and has always been.