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Spike Lee, Jordan Peele team up for thriller Black Klansman

David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to play the lead role in the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer.

hollywood Updated: Sep 09, 2017 17:55 IST
Spike Lee forayed into Hollywood with She’s Gotta Have it in 1986. (Reuters)
Spike Lee forayed into Hollywood with She’s Gotta Have it in 1986. (Reuters)

Spike Lee and Jordon Peele are teaming up on Ku Klux Klan (KKK) thriller Black Klansman.

Ballers star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to play the lead role in the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions are also on board to produce.

The story follows Ron Stallworth, a detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who in 1978 answered an ad in the local newspaper seeking new Klan members. He not only gained membership, but rose through the ranks to become the head of the local chapter.

Stallworth, who is black, was able to gather all sorts of intelligence by pretending to be a white supremacist on the phone or via other forms of correspondence. He sent a white fellow officer in his place for any in-person meetings. During his undercover work, Stallworth managed to sabotage several cross-burnings and other activities of the notorious hate group.

Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz will adapt the script with Lee and Kevin Willmott.

Ku Klux Klan is the name of three distinct movements in the United States that have advocated extremist reactionary positions such as white supremacy, white nationalism, anti- immigration and—especially in later iterations—Nordicism, anti-Catholicism and anti-semitism.