Two days after nearly breaking the internet with thunderous applause for its trailer, “BlacKkKlansman” has an official poster.
Spike Lee‘s latest film is the true story of Ron Stallworth. As an African-American detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department, Stallworth successfully infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. To aid in his mission, the detective convinces a colleague to help him. Together, they launch a deep undercover investigation into one of the most extreme hate groups in US history.
Lee adapted the screenplay with David Raninowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott. It is based on the memoir, “Black Klansman,” which Stallworth published in 2014.
John David Washington stars as Stallworth in what will surely be his breakthrough role. He stars opposite Dwayne Johnson on the HBO series, “Ballers,” and recently won praise for his role in the Sundance hit, “Monsters and Men.” But all eyes are on the rising star, who will also appear later this year in David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun.”
Adam Driver plays Stallworth’s partner, Flip Zimmerman. Driver starred in many acclaimed films, including “Frances Ha,” “Lincoln,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” before ever assembling a light saber and calling himself Kylo Ren. He has not stopped working since getting his start some eight years ago. In addition to “BlacKkKlansman,” he will also star in “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” and Noah Baumbach’s still untitled comedy.
One of the surprising facts revealed at the film’s Cannes premiere was that Topher Grace co-stars as infamous KKK leader David Duke. Known mostly for comedic work, Grace got his start on the popular sitcom, “That 70s Show.” He went on to film, with roles all over the place from Venom in “Spider-Man 3” to sci fi films “Interstellar” and “American Ultra.” Like his co-star, he also had multiple premieres at Cannes, as he also appears in “Under the Silver Lake” from David Robert Mitchell.
“BlacKkKlansman” will be distributed in the US by Focus Features. It hits theaters on August 10.