They say that cat Stallworth is a bad mutha … shut your mouth! But I’m talkin’ ’bout BlacKkKlansman. Then we can dig it. Here is the first trailer for Spike Lee’s latest joint, which he produced along with the Get Out team that includes Jordan Peele and Jason Blum. The film is in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered tonight.
The based-on-a-true-story logline: It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. 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. Laura Harrier and Topher Grace co-star.
The film is produced by Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield for QC Entertainment, Blum for Blumhouse, Peele for Monkeypaw, as well as Lee, and Shaun Redick. QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. will serve as executive produce.
Focus Features opens BlacKkKlansman on August 10. Have a look at the trailer — with its period-specific music, font and, of course, hair and clothes — and tell us what you think.