Spike Lee & Jordan Peele Release The First Look At Their BlacKkKlansman Film (Video)
Last September, it was confirmed that Spike Lee and Jordan Peele were working on a film together. Details were attached at the time, but Heads also seem to know that movie news and actual films can be years apart from happening, especially after Oscar wins. A project such as this could go to the bottom of the stack. In less than a year, this intriguing project appears to be on the fast track.
While he has always addressed social and racial issues in his films, Spike Lee created some of his most relevant work in the last decade. With Jordan Peele producing, Lee has somehow managed to take a topic as sensitive as the Ku Klux Klan and made a buddy-cop “dramedy” out of it. BlacKkKlansman is a film based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first Black cop to join the Colorado Springs Police Department in the early 1970s. His name is of note because this police officer later managed to infiltrate the KKK and uncover their violent agenda.
At a time when racism and hate groups are rampant in headlines, this film is both historical and topical. The two-and-a-half minute music-filled trailer shows just how Stallworth and partner Flip Zimmerman tricked the KKK and brought change. It also shows how a true story about such serious things can use humor in its telling.
Detective Stallworth is played by Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, while Adam Driver (The Last Jedi) portrays Flip Zimmerman. In some inspired casting, Topher Grace (Interstellar, That 70’s Show) is the notorious Grand Wizard of the KKK-turned-Republican Louisiana State Representative, David Duke. Other notable names include Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and the legendary actor, singer, and humantarian Harry Belafonte.