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Oakland Raiders

Hamilton star Daveed Diggs and best friend Rafael Casal shake up the buddy comedy



GENTRIFY THIS! Left to right: Diggs and Casal with Blindspotting co-stars Janina Gavankar (who plays Diggs’s ex-girlfriend, Val) and Utkarsh Ambudkar at the Sundance Film Festival.

SIX YEARS BEFORE DAVEED DIGGS made Thomas Jefferson cooler than any history teacher thought possible in the musical Hamilton, he was huddled over a pirated version of the screenwriting software Final Draft with his best friend, Rafael Casal. A producer had offered Casal a movie after seeing his slam poetry on YouTube and HBO’s Def Poetry. Casal brought Diggs star on board, and right away they knew what the subject had to be: their city, Oakland, California.

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