Spike Lee And Jordan Peele Find Their Stokely Carmichael For Upcoming 'Black Klansman' Film
Looks like Stokely Carmichael will be making an appearance in Spike Lee and Jordan Peele‘s forthcoming Black Klansman film.
Corey Hawkins will portray the Black Power movement activist according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. The cast already includes John David Washington as the film’s lead, Ron Stallworth; Laura Harrier; Adam Driver; and Topher Grace, who will portray a white supremacist.
Lee will serve as director and producer while Peele will serve as producer of the dramatic crime thriller. The pair have been working on the project for at least two years.
A synopsis of Black Klansman is as follows:
Klansman tells 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 his 2014 memoir Black Klansman. The memoir, as well as its film adaptation, has no connection The Black Klansman, a 1966 Blaxploitation film centered around a black man who exacts revenge on the KKK after they killed his daughter.