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Colin Kaepernick's story is coming to Netflix - with the help of a Milwaukee native.

MKE native Michael Starrbury to write new Colin Kaepernick Netflix mini-series

The life of former Super Bowl quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick is becoming a Netflix mini-series – and it comes with some Milwaukee connections.

Netflix today announced the six-episode limited series, executive produced by Kaepernick and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Selma," "13th"). According to The Hollywood Reporter, the mini-series – titled "Colin in Black & White" – will hone in on the high school years of the future San Francisco 49ers star quarterback and Black Lives Matter activist, growing up and developing as a football player while discovering his identity as a young Black man growing up in a white adopted family. Kaepernick will serve as the narrator for the scripted show.

Kaepernick's life story already comes with a Wisconsin connection: He was born in Milwaukee in 1987 before he was placed for adoption at birth and taken in at five weeks old by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. The family lived in Fond du Lac for four more years before the Kaepernicks moved from Wisconsin out to Turlock, California – but even though he left the state, he famously grew up as a Green Bay Packers fan.

Kaepernick's childhood isn't the only way Milwaukee plays into "Colin in Black & White," however. The Netflix limited series comes written and executive produced by Michael Starrbury, a Milwaukee native who grew up in the Hillside housing projects and has now evolved into one of the hotter screenwriting names in Hollywood, making his feature film debut with the 2013 coming-of-age drama "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" before earning an Emmy nomination for Netflix's acclaimed Central Park Five limited series drama "When They See Us" and now providing the screenplay for "The Come Up," a newly announced heist comedy directed by recent Oscar winner Matthew A. Cherry (the animated short film "Hair Love").

It's uncertain yet how much of Kaepernick's Wisconsin history will make it on screen, but we'll find out when the limited series hits Netflix. No release date has been announced yet.

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