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The Kong: Skull Island actor will appear alongside Adam Driver and John David Washington in the movie that tells the true story of a black detective in Colorado Springs, Ron Stallworth, who in 1978 joined the local chapter of his Klan, going undercover to gather intelligence on the hate group.
Hawkins will play civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame) in the crime thriller that also stars Spider-Man: Homecoming actress Laura Harrier.
Lee will direct from a script he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott.
Peele and his Monkeypaw Production banner will produce, along with Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment and Jason Blum of Get Out production company, Blumhouse. Lee will also produce.
Focus Features will distribute Black Klansman.
Hawkins, who played Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton, starred in the TV reboot 24: Legacy and was recently nominated for a Tony for his work in the play Six Degrees of Separation.
He is repped by ICM and Jackoway Tyerman.
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