Daniel Kaluuya: The Making of a Cross-Genre Superstar

Daniel Kaluuya is currently riding high in two of the best movies of the last 18 months. Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning for his turn as Chris in Get Out, he’s also a vital part of the Black Panther ensemble. In the hands of any other actor, either character would be a challenge. With Kaluuya inhabiting the roles, both soar.

Let’s start, of course, with Get Out. Chris Washington, played by Kaluuya, is the rock that his increasingly unsettling hosts break themselves against. For Missy, he’s a test case, for Jeremy a would-be opponent and for Dean and Rose? He’s just next. All of them see him as a commodity, none of them see him as human. The movie, and Kaluuya, use that to both throw the escalating horror into stark relief and to give Chris agency in ways that you never expect. The third act in particular is ...