‘BlacKkKlansman’ Trailer Unveils Spike Lee’s Racially Charged True Story Comedy

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Take a look at the trailer to arrive for BlacKkKlansman, the latest from filmmaker Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour).

The film tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American Colorado Springs police offer who, with the helm of his partner Flip Zimmerman, went undercover and infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. John David Washington, Denzel’s son, known for HBO series Ballers, plays Stallowrth and Adam Driver plays Zimmerman.

This could very well be a hit for Lee. While it no doubt deals with very real, dark issues, much of which is based on things that did indeed happen, there’s an energetic, dare we say, fun vibe shown off in the trailer; a good dose of humour mixed in with clear anger. Add Jason Blum and Jordan Peele as producers, and BlacKkKlansman has shaped up to be one enticing pic. Count us in.

BlacKkKlansman, also starring Topher Grace (as KKK leader David Duke), Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold and Corey Hawkins, will open in Australia on August 9 and hits the US on August 10. The film will also be screening at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

Official synopsis for BlacKkKlansman:

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. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out, Spike Lee uses his trademark take-no-prisoner style and humour to tell this story often missing from the history books.

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