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With his recent creative endeavors including 2015's Chi-raq and the Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, an adaptation of the 1986 movie of the same name he directed, Spike Lee's next movie will be inspired by true events, but nonetheless looks like it will be a crazy ride. Officially announced last September, BlacKkKlansman will chronicle how the first black cop in Colorado Springs, Colorado infiltrated and exposed the town's Ku Klux Klan chapter. Now we have our first look at how these events will unfold under Lee's cinematic supervision thanks to the first BlacKkKlansman trailer. Check it out!
While this movie may first look like it's entirely a work of fiction, rest assured, this is based on something that actually happened in real life in the early 1970s. BlacKkKlansman stars John David Washington as Detective Ron Stallworth, who for his first assignment decides to go undercover into the KKK to expose its hateful operations. Over the phone, it's easy enough for Stallworth to set up his character, as he puts on his best white voice and tells chapter president David Duke, played by Topher Grace, how he hates everyone who doesn't have "pure white Aryan blood running through their veins." However, when it comes to actually showing up at these KKK meetings, Stallworth obviously wouldn't have any luck. That's where Adam Driver's Flip Zimmerman comes in, a fellow, albeit more experienced, detective who will play Ron Stallworth during this operation. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman work together to take down the extremist hate group as it works to "sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream."
While BlacKkKlansman doesn't look like a full-blown action flick, it appears that it will be packed with excitement, and the fact that this is based on a true story makes this tale all the more intriguing. With its stylish shots and groovy soundtrack, this trailer does a good job at advertising BlacKkKlansman as something that could end up being a sleeper hit towards the end of the summer movie season. Along with John David Washington, Topher Grace and Adam Driver, the movie's main cast includes Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Pääkkönen, Rya Eggold, Ashlie Atkinson and Harry Belafonte. Jordan Peele, who made his directorial debut last year with Get Out and walked away with a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his work, is also a producer on BlacKkKlansman.
Having just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, BlacKkKlansman will be released to the public on August 8. If you're interested in learning what other movies are coming out this year, feel free to scan through our 2018 release schedule.