The two are great forces in the black community that have highlighted blacks and whites in their films truthfully. Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are joining forces to create a new film surrounding a black cop who joined the KKK, based off of a true story.
The film is titled “Black Klansman” and will tell the story of 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 but 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.
Stallworth wrote about his experience in a novel released in 2014 called “Black Klansman.” The main character, Ron Stallworth, will be played by Denzel Washington’s son.
The production is set to begin this fall.