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Watch the Trailer for Spike Lee's New Movie 'BlacKkKlansman'

May 17, 2018

By Erin Thibeau

The first official trailer for the new Spike Lee joint "BlacKkKlansman" is here.

"Get Out" director Jordan Peele, one of the film's producers, gave Lee the idea for the film, which is based on a memoir by Ron Stallworth.

"BlacKkKlansman" stars Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington ("Ballers," "Malcolm X"), in the role of a black Colorado police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Adam Driver, known for HBO's "Girls" and the latest Star Wars flicks, also stars. Topher Grace plays Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

However, it's not exactly a period piece. "The biggest thing we wanted" the director tells the LA Times, "was to put stuff in the script, very strategically, so it would not be a period piece." 

Footage from the white supremacist march in Charlottesville that turned violent figures into the ending. Lee spoke on Trump's response to the August tragedy at the film's premiere at 71st Cannes Film Festival this week.

"That was a defining moment for that guy in the White House...He could have knocked it out of the park but he swung and missed," Lee said.

"He could have said, 'America should be about love instead of hate,' he could have told America's citizens and the world the U.S. won't tolerate hate, won't tolerate racism, but he didn't do it. Who are we as a people, which direction are we moving, are we going forward or back? This guy is taking us back." 

Watch the full trailer for "BlacKkKlansman" below:

The movie hits theaters August 10, 2018.

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