BlacKkKlansman Trailer: Spike Lee's True Buddy Cop Movie

A KKK march and rally in Maryland 1998

A KKK march and rally in Maryland 1998 Credit Mark Reinstein Corbis

Spike Lee is taking on white supremacists in his new film BlacKkKlansman, and moviegoers can get their first look in the just-released trailer.

In the film, Lee tackles the Ku Klux Klan, but he's doing so by telling a very unconventional true story, and one apparently aided by the kind of dark humor not often seen in such features.

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. He bravely sets out on a unsafe mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Stallworth makes contact with Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace) over the phone and markets himself as a white man driven to preserve the purity of the race. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth's colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider's knowledge of a deadly plot.

Set in the early 1970s, the film follows Stallworth (played by John David Washington of HBO's "Ballers") as he tries to make his mark on the force by undertaking a risky mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Check out the trailer below and stay tuned to Collider for our review of BlacKkKlansman from its Cannes Film Festival premiere shortly.

Take a look at the trailer for the upcoming film below. BlacKkKlansman is produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out. Keep an eye out for Lee's new film arriving in USA theaters this August 10th.

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