Spike Lee‘s newest film, “BlacKkKlansman,” has an official release date.
Focus Features announced they will open the film in theaters on August 10.
“BlacKkKlansman” tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Focus provides more information about the story:
From visionary director Spike Lee comes the provocative story based on Ron Stallworth’s real life as Colorado Springs’s first African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Unbelievably, Detective Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) penetrate the KKK at its highest levels to thwart its attempt to take over the city.
The film also stars Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, and Paul Walter Hauser.
“BlacKkKlansman” is produced by Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield, Jason Blum, Jordan Peele, Spike Lee, and Shaun Reddick. The combination brings together QC Entertainment, Blumhouse, and Monkeypaw. The team produced last year’s Best Picture nominee “Get Out.”
John David Washington stars in the TV series “Ballers” on HBO. He also stars this year in “Monsters and Men,” which premiered at Sundance. In that film, he plays a police officer who witnesses a fellow officer shooting an unarmed civilian.
Adam Driver may best be known for his work in the latest “Star Wars” trilogy, but he also works in a lot of smaller-budget and independent films. He was nominated for three Primetime Emmys for his work on the series “Girls,” and also starred in films including “Paterson,” “Logan Lucky,” and “Silence.”
Spike Lee is a two-time Academy Award nominee. He was nominated for writing the screenplay for “Do the Right Thing” in 1989. His 1997 documentary, “4 Girls,” was nominated for Documentary Feature. Lee also earned an Honorary Oscar in 2016 for decades of provocative, conversation-starting work.