Corey Hawkins to Star in Spike Lee and Jordan Peele’s ‘Black Klansman’

Corey Hawkins is the latest actor to join the Spike Lee and Jordan Peele project, the crime thriller Black Klansman.

The actor, most known for his roles in Straight Outta Compton and Kong: Skull Island, is all set to appear alongside Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Denzel Washington’s son, actor and athlete, John David Washington. Another familiar face in the cast is Laura Harrier, who just played Peter Parker’s love interest in the summer blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Spike Lee joint meets Jordan Peele feature film is the retelling of a true story of a black detective in the 1970s that went undercover in a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan hate group to gather intelligence. His name was Ron Stallworth.

Hawkins will play the role of civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael (also known as Kwame) in the crime thriller.

Lee is going to direct Black Klansman, based off a script that he co-wrote with Kevin Willmot, David Rabinowitz, and Charlie Wachtel. Peele is going to produce the film underneath his Monkeypaw Production banner, alongside Raymond Mansfield, Shaun Redick, and Sean McKittrick of QC Entertainment and Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Lee, being the wearer of many hats that he is, will also take on a producing role with the film as well.

In addition to his work as Dr. Dre in the hit film Straight Outta Compton and the recent film Kong: Skull Island, Hawkins was most recently seen on the small screens. Hawkins was the star of the short-lived television reboot of 24, called 24: Legacy.

After it was confirmed that he would not reprise his guest role on The Walking Dead, it’s nice to see that the Julliard School graduate has bigger and better plans with another feature film underneath his belt.

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