New 'BlacKkKlansman' Clips Introduce Laura Harrier and Topher Grace's Characters
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New 'BlacKkKlansman' Clips Introduce Laura Harrier and Topher Grace's Characters

Focus Features has released new BlacKkKlansman clips ahead of its theatrical release on August 10.

The first, “President,” introduces Laura Harrier’s character, Patrice Dumas, the president of her college’s Black Student Union. John David Washington’s character, Det. Ron Stallworth, meets Dumas at an event featuring radical speaker Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins). After learning she’s the student union’s president, Stallworth tries to use her cred to cut to the front of the line, but she’s not having it.

The second, “America First,” introduces Topher Grace as David Duke, the then-leader of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. If you’re familiar with Duke, then you can probably surmise the clip includes a lot of the same rhetoric Duke has espoused over the years. It’s not a surprise that the phrase “America First,” the phrase also used by a particular American president, is seen as a dog whistle to America’s racists.

The third clip is one we’ve already seen earlier this year. Called “Undercover,” the clip features Stallworth and his investigation partner, Flip Zimmerman (played by Adam Driver), who have it out in the police station’s file room. It’s at this moment that Stallworth accuses Zimmerman of willingly refusing to see the bigger racial ramifications of taking down the KKK.

BlacKkKlansman is directed by Spike Lee and is produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum along with Lee, Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield and Shaun Redick.

The official description of the film reads: “It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.”

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