The film is based on a true story of an African-American cop who went undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth is so good playing white, he ultimately winds up becoming the head of the chapter. "He has to get a white police officer to play him, and that's Adam Driver". "So, I was immediately obsessed with this story".
The US release date of 10 August also coincides with the beginning of James Fields Jr's trial, the man Lee refers to as "the motherfucker psychopath who plows his vehicle down through a crowded street and killed Heather Heyer".
Lee (Malcom X, Inside Man) directed BlacKkKlansman, producing alongside Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Keep an eye out for Lee's new film arriving in USA theaters this August 10th. From the looks of this first trailer, Stallworth's story has been adapted into a buddy cop style comedy, with Washington and Driver as the two leads. He also screened She's Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever in competition, while Girl 6 was at the festival in an out-of-competition spot and Summer of Sam played in the Directors' Fortnight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's rapturous response lasted for ten minutes as soon as the credits began to roll with many taking to their feet in celebration of the director.
Lee was famously overlooked for the Palme d'Or in 1989 for Do the Right Thing, with the highest Cannes honor that year going to Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape.
BlacKkKlansman opens in theatres on August 10.