John David Washington ( son of Denzel Washington) will reportedly star in the thriller as Ron Stallsworth, a black detective who successfully joined a local Ku Klux Klan chapter In 1978, after responding to a recruitment ad in the local paper. It was during this sting operation that Stallworth rose through the ranks of the KKK, despite being a black man. Stallworth reportedly interacted with KKK members via phone or written correspondence but used a white police officer to pose as him during live events that he needed to be physically present for. Stallworth gathered valuable information on the hate group, which he used to secretly sabotage a number of cross burnings and other hateful activities.
Lee and Peele will co-produce the feature film.