Daniel Kaluuya's rapid rise to fame in Hollywood has been bolstered by a remarkable array of roles since his pivotal role in Get Out, which he has reprised throughout the United States. He has also hosted and hosted Saturday Night Live over the years.
Get Out (2017)
Get Out, where Kaluuya and Peele's golden collaboration began, was the film that catapulted both actors and directors to new heights of recognition in Hollywood. Kaluuya played Chris Washington, a photographer who goes on a trip to meet Rose's family, only to discover their secret that targets and endangers black people.
Kaluuya received his first Oscar nomination for his performance that made Chris a solid and relatable protagonist that the audience was utterly enthused over throughout the film. As everything unravels with Rose's true motives, Chris's suspicion escalates to genuine fear and desperation.
Black Mirror (2011)
In the second episode of Fifteen Million Merits, Kaluuya reprises his role as Bingham Bing Madsen, a man who lives in a dystopian society that constantly displays advertisements or superficial entertainment. He connects with a new fellow resident rider called Abi Khan (Jessica Brown Findlay) and enjoys her singing. Blinded by his feelings for Abi, he spends 15 million merits for her to get an audition on a talent show and possibly move up
Kaluuya gives an outstanding performance as the episode's underdog protagonist, who begins the episode quite quiet and closed off due to the isolative and desenitizing nature of his lifestyle. Only when he becomes disillusioned with the exploitive class system that he lives in, will he become disillusioned with the exploitive class system. Bing's jerk speech summarizes everything that is wrong with the merits system and results in the characteristic ironic conclusion that most Black Mirror
Kaluuya plays Jatemme Manning, a heist film starring Steve McQueen. He's the brother of Jamal (Brian Tyree Henry) and serves as his behind-the-scenes mob enforcer. The group of titular widows is compelled to execute a heist in order to solve their financial difficulties that resulted from their deceased husbands' involvement in criminal activity.
Kaluuya stands out as the menacing and violent force that fuels Jamal's political ambitions. He leads a drive to clear the path for his brothers' victory, which conflicts with the intentions of Veronica, and culminates in a dangerous conclusion.
Black Panther (2018)
Kaluuya's participation in the MCU as WKabi is shown as a loyal and hardworking fighter, similar to T'Challa's leadership in the Dora Milaje, which is also the head of the all-female special forces force. In one of the film's most memorable scenes, W'Kabi surrenders the fight to Okoye.
Kaluuya has a track record of portraying American characters since Denis Villeneuve's thriller film Sicario. She played Reggie Wayne, the idealistic FBI partner of Special Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and are then thrust into the middle of a gray and lawless mission of attempting to depose a Mexican cartel.
Kaluuya's chemistry with Blunt captures the deep trust and camaraderie between the two agents by the book, while maintaining the physicality of the rookie agent during the suspenseful action sequences, but also carrying Reggie's expertise.
Queen & Slim (2019)
Kaluuya's lead role in Queen & Slim is a modernized Bonnie and Clyde style crime drama, in which Slim and Anjelah Queen Johnson (Jodie Turner-Smith) go on the run following an incident with a police officer. The film explores the issue of which side of the law is truly at fault and how Queen and Slim are more victims than criminals, despite what the media depicts.
The palpable connection between Kaluuya and Smith, which blossoms from an innocent Tinder date with superficial bickering to complete trust and dependence on one another for their survival, is the focus of the film. He captures Slim's incredible transformation as a straightforward citizen accepting his strange freedom as a prisoner.
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Kaluuyas won an award for his role as the chairman of the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the biographical crime drama Judas and the Black Messiah. She reunited with Lakeith Stanfield, who played the titular Judas, Bill ONeal, who infiltrated the Black Panther Party as an FBI informant in the late 60s in Chicago at the height of the civil rights movement, and the complex involvement of Bill O'Neal in Fred Hampton's tragically short-lived role
Kaluuya maintains a commanding role as Hampton, especially when it comes to inspiring all BPP followers' arguments. Even when O'Neal's actions endangered him in the end, he remained a calm and righteous leader. Kaluuya has earned a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA for his performance in the film.