BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American biographical crime film co-written and directed by Spike Lee, based on the autobiographical book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, and along with Lee is produced by Raymond Mansfield and Shaun Redick, as well as Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Jordan Peele. Set in 1970s Colorado, the plot follows an African-American detective who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
The film premiered on May 14, 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d’Or and won the Grand Prix, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 10, 2018.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy.
Initial release: August 10, 2018 (USA)
Director: Spike Lee
Based on: Black Klansman; by Ron Stallworth
Budget: $13–17 million
Producers: Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, Raymond Mansfield
Production companies: Blumhouse Productions,