In the first footage from Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman that debuted at CinemaCon last week, John David Washington (as Ron Stallworth) spews the most racist, misogynist, homophobic tirade you can imagine during a phone call with David Duke (played by Topher Grace) in an effort to win over the then-Grand Wizard of the white supremacist group Ku Klux Klan.
And it works.
Based on the surreal true story of Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, Colo., BlacKkKlansman follows Stallworth’s journey to not only successfully infiltrate the KKK organization but to head its local chapter.
In this first look photo from the movie, Washington’s Stallworth briefs fellow police officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), who poses as Stallworth’s “white self” to meet with Duke and KKK members in person. Zimmerman holds Stallworth’s KKK membership card in his hand.
“[Ron] still has his Klu Klux Klan membership card to this day,” Washington told EW, as he spoke about the real Stallworth coming to the set of the film and regaling the cast and crew with stories from his past.