After screening at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it’s a strong contender for competition of the Palme d’Or, the first trailer for writer-director Spike Lee‘s BlacKkKlansman has now arrived for your viewing pleasure. The film is based on the true story of an African-American police officer who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
The film stars John David Washington (Ballers), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Topher Grace (That ’70s Show) as KKK leader David Duke.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
“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-prisoners style and humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.”
Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man) directed BlacKkKlansman, producing alongside Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will also produce. The film is set to open on August 10, 2018.