Watch Trailer for Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

A KKK march and rally in Maryland 1998

BlacKkKlansman made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a six-minute standing ovation, on May 14.

Produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum (who brought us "Get Out"),"BlacKkKlansman" is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Stallworth eventually became the head of the local chapter. "He has to get a white police officer to play him, and that's Adam Driver". And based on some early reactions from Cannes, it just might be. "As much as BlacKkKlansman plays with the mechanics of blaxploitation fantasy, it doesn't leave one with any question about what's real".


While Peele initially considered directing the film himself, he eventually came to realize that Lee should be the director. "So, I was immediately obsessed with this story". If the trailer is any indication, this looks like a prescient treatise on ignorance, through an exploitation lens that's equally hilarious and insightful. Keep an eye out for Lee's new film arriving in US theaters this August 10th. IndieWire's own Eric Kohn called the film "electric" and Lee's "most entertaining film since 'Inside Man, '" while The Guardian's film critic Peter Bradshaw compared it to a "pinball machine, pinging and flashing with N-bombs, blaxploitation tropes and unsubtle Trump premonitions".

The film is set to release on August 10, 2018 and the release will collide with one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville riots which saw one woman die after a auto drove into a crowd during a clash between white nationalists and anti-fascist protestors.

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