“I never thought I would be casting a young me in a show about my life,” Kaepernick tweeted. “I can’t wait for the world to see @ItsJadenMichael be an all-star on @netflix #ColinInBlackAndWhite @ava.”
Michael, 17, has appeared in a variety of projects including “The Bug Diaries,” “Vampires vs. the Bronx,” “The Get Down” and “Wonderstruck.”
DuVernay shared Kaepernick’s tweet and also shouted out Michael Starrbury, who will write and serve as executive producer.
Kaepernick captured the public’s attention after kneeling during NFL games to draw attention to police brutality against people of color.
The limited series will focus on his adolescence and how it helped shape both his activism and his career as a professional athlete.
Netflix has not yet announced a release date.