BlacKkKlansman, Cannes Film Festival

BlacKkKlansman, Cannes Film Festival

Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Adam Driver, and Corey Hawkins join director Spike Lee on the red carpet at the premiere of BlacKkKlansman at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on Monday (May 14) in Cannes, France.

The film is the true story of how African-American police officer Ron Stallworth successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in 1978 Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stallworth eventually became the head of the local chapter.

"I was just blown away", Peele said to the Hollywood Reporter when he first heard the story. "As much as BlacKkKlansman plays with the mechanics of blaxploitation fantasy, it doesn't leave one with any question about what's real".

The film is produced by Lee and Get Out's Jordan Peele and Jason Blum.

You can check out the first trailer for the movie, which really does make this whole thing look a lot funnier than it sounds, up above.

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He passes himself off over the phone as a stereotypical white man who hates black people and is invited to join the Klan.

It's Lee's first traditional feature film since 2015's Chi-Raq, having directed theater/cinema hybrids Rodney King and Pass Over since. He also screened She's Gotta Have It and Jungle Fever in competition, while Girl 6 was at the festival in an out-of-competition spot and Summer of Sam played in the Directors' Fortnight.

Early reactions from Cannes have been mostly positive.

BlacKkKlansman is set for release on August 10th in the U.S. and on August 24th in the UK.

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