Focus Features has dropped a trio of character posters (plus another official poster) for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.
In the film, based on a true story, John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, the first black officer hired to the Colorado Springs, CO police force in 1979 and who successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter. Initially, he deceives the klan on the phone using a ‘white’ voice but when it comes time to meet he enlists his partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) to be the (white) face in their Cyrano de Bergerac sting operation. Laura Harrier plays civil rights activist Patrice Dumas, whom Ron strikes up a relationship that both personal and professional.
BlacKkKlansman premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prize. In my review I called it “a vital piece of Americana, an incendiary work and his best film in over a decade.” It’s also currently #1 in my Oscar predictions for Best Picture and Best Director.
The film is directed by Spike Lee, produced by Monkeypaw’s Jordan Peele, Spike Lee, and Blumhouse’s Jason Blum. It is written by Charlie Watchel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee from the book by Ron Stallworth. It co-stars Topher Grace, Ryan Eggold, Alec Baldwin, Corey Hawkins, Robert John Burke, Paul Walter Hauser and Harry Belafonte.
Focus Features will unveil BlacKkKlansman in limited release on August 10th and wide on August 17th. Check out the new posters below.