Have you just watched the movie BlacKkKlansman and now are eager to learn everything about the cast? Or perhaps you are obsessed with one of the cast members and want to know more about them? Well, look no further.
There is an increasing call for better quality movies with fantastic casts in this day and age. No one wants to watch something with an uninteresting plot or actors who do not know what they are doing. BlacKkKlansman dir. Spike Lee ticks off both these boxes – a fascinating, intriguing story as well as a fantastic cast.
BlacKkKlansman is a biographical comedy crime/drama film whose initial release date was 14 May 2018, whereas the worldwide release date was August 10, 2018. This interesting film was directed by Spike Lee and written by David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott, and Lee himself. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Black Klansman follows the efforts of Police Detective Ron Stallworth of the Colorado Springs Police Department as he attempts an undercover investigation or ‘sting’ in the local Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The story is based on the incredible true story of Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir, Black Klansman: Race, Hate and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime. The twist? Ron Stallworth himself was an African-American police officer – a black man.
Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman received high critical acclaim, and the general critic’s consensus is that this film will offer bitingly trenchant commentary on social issues and current events while invoking history. Let’s get into the cast that helped make this movie such a big success without further ado!
John David Washington as Ron Stallworth
In this movie, the role of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer, is played by John David Washington. People familiar with Spike Lee’s movies are probably aware that John David Washington had a cameo in Malcolm X (1992), which starred Washington’s father in the titular role.
John David Washington is an American actor and producer born on 28 July 1984. He has been nominated for awards from various organizations, including the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, MTV, and People’s Choice Award.
While John David Washington did not have any blockbuster movies to his name before this role, it must be noted that his film credits include two awe-inspiring Sundance movies. Before making the life-changing decision to appear in movies, Washington was a professional American Football Player. He later accepted a role in the HBO comedy series entitled Ballers in 2015. The role was that of Ricky Jerret, which he played alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and his career has only moved upwards since then.
John David Washington scored BlacKkKlansman, his first mainstream lead role, and delivered an outstanding performance. Washington has appeared in other movies such as Malcolm & Marie (2021), Tenet (2020), and Beckett (2021).
Adam Driver as Flip Zimmerman
In BlacKkKlansman, Adam Driver plays the role of Detective Flip Zimmerman. He is often referred to as ‘White Ron’ in the movie as the role is of an undercover cop in Stallworth’s precinct, the Colorado Springs Police Department, who becomes a crucial part of the infiltration of Ron Stallworth into the KKK.
Flip Zimmerman acts as the white counterpart of Ron Stallworth at the Klan meetings. As there is not much mentioned in the real Ron Stallworth’s memoir about the background of the character, there are a few additions to his character in the movie, such as making the character Jewish.
Adam Driver is an American actor and veteran of the US Marine Corps. He was born on the 19th of November, 1983. He has many accolades to his name, including the MTV Award for Best Villain, the AACTA International Award for Best Actor, and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actor. He has also been nominated for a Tony Award and two Academy Awards.
There are a variety of films that Adam Driver has starred in. He is most well known for his role in Star Wars as the character of Kylo Ren. He has had a long-running appearance in the American TV show called Girls starring Lena Dunham.
Other films that he has starred in include House of Gucci (2021), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Marriage Story (2019), The Last Duel (2021), and Paterson (2016). He has some films coming up, like 65 (2022).
Topher Grace as David Duke
Topher Grace plays the role of David Duke. This character is that of the leader of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1970s as well as most of the 80s. He is often referred to as the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Christopher ‘Topher’ John Grace is an American actor born on 12th July 1978. He is most well known for his long-running role in That ’70s Show as Eric Forman and his appearance as one version of Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.
Playing the role of this despicable character had an adverse effect on Grace. In an interview, he mentioned that he was experiencing depression and spoke about how it was unsettling to switch on the TV and view how the ideology of David Duke was affecting our society.
Other films that he has starred in include Take Me Home Tonight (2011), Predators (2010), and a minor role in Interstellar (2014), among many others.
Laura Harrier as Patrice Dumas
Ron Stallworth meets Patrice Dumas, the Black Student Union president at Colorado College, at a local rally. Laura Harrier has been cast in the role of Patrice Dumas – a character that, intriguingly, is created by Spike Lee in a deviation from the memoir. She is the love interest of Ron Stallworth but is also a powerful and significant character in her own way.
Laura Ruth Harrier is an American actor and model. She began her modeling career at 17 after a location scout scouted her. She relocated to New York City, where she continued her modeling career while being represented by IMG Models and Wilhelmina Models.
She was born on 28th March 1990 and made her acting debut as Destiny Evans in One Life to Live (2013), a reboot of a soap opera. Her film debut was in The Last Five Years (2014). She is most well-known for her motion pictures, including BlacKkKlansman. Her other credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Hollywood (2020), and Finch (2021).
Jasper Pääkkönen as Felix Kendrickson
Felix Kendrickson is the secondary antagonist in Spike Lee’s movie, along with David Duke (played by Topher Grace). He is a reckless character and a fanatic white supremacist.
Joona Jasper Pääkkönen is a Finnish actor entrepreneur, and environmentalist. His career in Finnish movies spans over two decades, and he has appeared in over 15 films. He made his breakthrough in international movies in 2015 with the role of Halfdan the Black in the historical drama TV show Vikings.
He was born on July 15, 1980. The most recent movie he has starred in is Omerta 6/12 (2021). His other films include Heart of a Lion (2013) and Bad Boys (2003).
Alec Baldwin as Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard
Dr. Kennebrew Beauregard is a minor antagonist in the film, and he appears as a Southern revisionist ‘scholar.’ Alec Baldwin plays the role.
Alec Baldwin, full name Alexander Rae Baldwin III, was born on 3rd April 1958. He is an American actor, comedian, writer, film producer, and activist. He is the most well-known of his four siblings, who are all in the acting industry.
He first gained recognition for his appearance in the sixth and seventh seasons of Knots Landing, the CBS primetime soap opera. He has various other movies, and Tv shows that he is famous for. These include The Boss Baby (2017), It’s Complicated (2009), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Pearl Harbour (2001), Madagascar (2005), The Departed (2006), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and many others.
Other members include:
Paul Walter Hauser as Ivanhoe
Corey Hawkins as Kwame Ture, national civil rights leader. The birth name of Kwame Ture is Stokely Carmichael.
Ken Garito as Sergeant Trapp
Michael Buscemi as Jimmy Creek
Robert John Burke as Chief Bridges
Harry Belafonte as Jerome Turner
Ryan Eggold as Walter Breachway
Frederick Weller as Master Patrolman Andy Landers, a racist officer in Stallworth’s precinct.
BlacKkKlansman is an incredible, eye-opening true story. It follows the journey of the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department as he embarks on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the local chapter of the KKK.
It is undoubtedly a must-watch with actors like John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and so many other talented people bringing the characters to life.
If you haven’t already seen it- the star-studded and fascinating storyline should be enough to ensure that every person enjoys the movie! Let us know what you think of the movie in the comments below.