Focus Features has just debuted the first photo from the upcoming 2018 movie, BlacKkKlansman, based on an incredible true story. The first official photo features Adam Driver (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi) as Flip Zimmerman and John David Washington (Ballers, Monster) as Detective Ron Stallworth.
The feature film comes from director Spike Lee (She’s Gotta Have It) and is based on the book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. Lee, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott adapted the book for the screen.
Discussing the real Detective Stallworth in an interview with EW, Washington said, “He’s an amazing person. He’s always about the job. It was never emotional for him. He never thought of it in that way of ‘taking down the man.’ He was [inspired]by the idea of no violent crimes or terrorist acts in Colorado Springs during his investigation, and he successfully accomplished that.”
In addition to Adam Driver and John David Washington, the cast includes Topher Grace (as David Duke), Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead), Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom), Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist: Redemption), Ashlie Atkinson (Nowhere, Michigan) and Harry Belafonte.
Focus Features has set an August 10, 2018 theatrical release date for BlacKkKlansman.
The Plot: 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 humor to tell this story often missing from the history books.