Sort of a Cyrano re-imagining by way of a buddy cop comedy, a ’70s blaxploitation film, and an unfortunately timely message, BlacKkKlansman just hit Cannes and is seeming like another highlight of Spike Lee’s uneven filmography. Based on a true story, period piece sees Denzel scion John David Washington as a rookie cop who decides to try and infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. He manages to maneuver his way in on the phone—even talking with Grand Wizard David Duke (Topher Grace)—but as, you know, a black guy, he needs a white guy to be the face of the operation. Already accustomed to being surrounded by faceless fascist minions clad in all white, Adam Driver co-stars as that dude.
BlacKkKlansman hits theaters August 10.