'Ballers' star John David Washington will play the lead role in the true story of a black detective who infiltrated the KKK

By Derek Lawrence
September 08, 2017 at 04:38 PM EDT
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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are joining forces to go inside the Ku Klux Klan.

The Do the Right Thing director is set to helm Black Klansman, the true story of a black detective successfully infiltrating the KKK, EW has confirmed, while Peele, who earned rave reviews for his directorial debut Get Out, will produce the film.

The project is based on Ron Stallworth’s autobiography of the same name. In 1978, Stallworth, a Colorado Springs detective, launched an undercover investigation into the growing KKK membership in his community. Through phone conversations, other communication, and having a white officer stand in for him at times, Stallworth eventually became the head of the local chapter.

Ballers star John David Washington, the son of frequent Lee collaborator Denzel Washington, is in negotiations to portray Stallworth.

Lee, of course, is known for creating films that bring attention to social issues and race relations, dating back almost 30 years with Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X; Peele generated similar conversations with his box office hit Get Out.

The Hollywood Reporter first had the news.