Yahya Abdul-Mateen II To Star In Amazon Whistleblower Drama ‘I Helped Destroy People’

Fresh off his role as Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has signed on to star in a whistleblower drama for Amazon titled I Helped Destroy People. He will also produce the film alongside Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society banner.

The film will be based on Janet Reitman‘s 2021 New York Times article of the same name about FBI agent Terry Albury, who was tasked with infiltrating Muslim communities post-9/11 because he was the only Black agent in his bureau.

The story highlights his frustration with his own work, and how he eventually took a stand against what he thought was wrong with the war on terror by leaking information to the public, and what that decision eventually did to his career.

Ben Watkins – who is best known for creating Hand Of God, another Amazon project – will pen the script, while Elizabeth Raposo will produce alongside Jordan for Outlier Society. Abdul-Mateen II will produce for HouseEleven10.

Abdul-Mateen II has broken out over the last few years thanks to roles in a bunch of interesting projects including HBO’s Watchmen, Jordan Peele‘s Us, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, the new version of Candyman, and the aforementioned Matrix Resurrections. He’s on his way to becoming a major star, and this lead role should only help that ascension.

He’ll next be seen alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Michael Bay‘s upcoming thriller Ambulance, which arrives in cinemas Friday, April 8. He’s also set to appear in the upcoming Aquaman sequel, and will star in a miniseries based on Blitz the Ambassador‘s upcoming book The Scent Of Burnt Flowers for FX.


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