Spike Lee’s Black Klansman Casts Adam Driver

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Adam Driver is joining the cast of Spike Lee and Jordan Peele's Black Klansman

Adam Driver is joining the cast of Spike Lee and Jordan Peele’s Black Klansman

Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has joined the cast of Spike Lee‘s Black Klansman, according to Deadline. Lee will direct the KKK thriller and Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment and Blumhouse are producing and Focus Features will release the film.

Driver will play Flip, “a Jewish undercover police officer who is the best of the Colorado Springs police force. He’s already had many years of experience and is a quick study. He is known on the force for being anti-social, and he’s a perfectionist, critical of others’ mistakes, but brave and dedicated.”

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. By pretending to be a white supremacist over the phone and sending a white officer in his place for in-person meetings, he was able to become the head of the local KKK chapter and sabotage their activities from within.

The film will be based on Stallworth’s own 2014 memoir Black Klansman, with the screenplay adapted by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz as well as by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmont. Peele and Lee have actually been working on Black Klansman for over two years.

Lee will direct Black Klansman, producing alongside Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will also produce.

Driver has appeared on the HBO series Girls and is known for playing the villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’ll reprise the role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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