Based on the book Black Klansman the film follows now-retired African-American cop Ron Stallworth, who went undercover with a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan over a period of nine months back in 1979.
The film follows Ron’s journey going from simply answering a newspaper ad placed by a new KKK group looking for members to becoming a full-fledged member. He not only rose through the ranks, but was able to become the head of the local chapter. Through his whole investigation he only spoke with local KKK members over the phone. However, if a face-to-face was needed, he sent a White detective.
The Klan trusted him with their plans to commit crimes, including threatening African-Americans with cross burnings. He said he prevented such acts three times during his investigation. “One of the things I’m most proud of is no black child, no child period ever had to wake up to a burning cross,” Stallworth said
“Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to play the role of Ron Stallworth. Lee will direct and produce with Peele.