First Trailer for Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Reveals the Provocative Adaptation


The very odd 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.

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Directed by Lee, the film is based on the true story of the real Ron Stallworth who went undercover with the Colorado Springs police department and gained access to the local KKK chapter.

Stallworth's work, which he chronicled in the 2014 book Black Klansman, led him to the very top of the organization, even bringing him into contact with the Ku Klux Klan's leader, David Duke.

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For those who have missed the hype surrounding the Jordan Peele produced film, BlacKkKlansman follows the real-life story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black police officer who uses his best white guy voice and an assist from Adam Driver to infiltrate the KKK.

BlacKkKlansman had its world premiere on Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete for the Palm d'Or. Watch the film's first trailer above.

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Though the film has already released at Cannes, this pitch-perfect trailer is the closest audiences will get to BlacKkKlansman before its theatrical release on August 10. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will also produce.