Somehow, I missed the memo that John David Washington had made the transition from football to acting. But as far back as 2013, Washington, who is the son of Denzel Washington, made the leap from the NFL to HBO, starring in the series “Ballers.”
Now, five years later, he’s headlining his own movie, a Spike Lee Joint called BlacKkKlansman.
Produced by Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw productions, the film will make its world premiere after first debuting at the Cannes Film Festival.
Washington’s character, Ron Stallworth, is the first Black man to integrate the a police force and his plan to infiltrate and dismantle the Ku Klux Klan with the help of fellow officer Flip Zimmerman, played by Adam Driver.
Directed by Lee, the film is based on the true story of the real Ron Stallworth who went undercover with the Colorado Springs police department and gained access to the local KKK chapter.
Stallworth first wrote about his experiences in the 2014 novel, BlacKkKlansman.
BlacKkKlansman will debut in theaters on August 10.
Take a look at the trailer for the upcoming film below.