Spike Lee is definitely making another bold statement in his new film, "BlacKkKlansman."
The true story was produced by Oscar-winning "Get Out" Director, Jordan Peele. The film follows the first African-American police detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington).
Stallworth, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s, spoke to leaders such as David Duke over the phone while sending an undercover white officer for in-person meetings.
Lee, who also co-wrote the satirical comedy, told PIX11 that casting John David in the lead role was an "automatic." Other cast members in the film include Alec Baldwin, Laura Harrier and Corey Hawkins.
John David, a former NFL player, has starred in other acting roles including HBO's "Ballers" alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He said that seeing a Ku Klux Klan membership card from his real-life character Stallworth during a table read really "brought it home for me."
This marks John David's first film with Lee, who teamed up with his father Denzel Washington on a number of iconic films that catapulted his career such as "Malcolm X," "Inside Man" and "Mo' Better Blues."
"BlacKkKlansman" hits theaters on Aug. 10th.