First Look At Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Following Cannes Premiere

Brenda Watkins
May 15, 2018

However, legendary filmmaker and punctuation iconoclast Spike Lee just rolled out the trailer for BLACKkKLANSMEN, an incendiary new film that appears to offer a bit of commentary for these uncertain times.

Set in the early 1970s, the film follows Stallworth (played by John David Washington of HBO's "Ballers") as he tries to make his mark on the force by undertaking a unsafe mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

The film will be based on Stallworth's own 2014 memoir "Black Klansman", with the screenplay adapted by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz as well as by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmont.

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The very unusual true story of a black detective, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who managed to infiltrate the KKK with careful deception, it's (by the look of things) the sort of satire for which Lee's prankster sensibilities might be especially well-attuned. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a risky mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Then, he recruits a white colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), to go undercover as him to KKK meetings, concocting a tightrope of an investigation that could go belly up at any moment. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

BlacKkKlansman is set for release on August 10th in the USA and on August 24th in the UK.

"For you it's a crusade, for me it's a job", Zimmerman tells Stallworth in the trailer, shortly before he's seen being threatened with a "Jew lie detector test".

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