After starring in Oliver Stone’s Snowden biopic, which releases to theaters this fall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will team with Amazon to develop and possibly star in a KKK drama titled K Troop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is only in the development phase, with no writer or director currently attached and an undetermined release date. Amazon secured the rights to the film during a competitive bidding war with Gordon-Levitt set to produce.
Based on an upcoming Slate article by Matthew Pearl, K Troop will be set in post-Civil War times and unpack the Ku Klux Klan’s origins in 1865. It will highlight the man who led the U.S. Army’s specialty group responsible for bringing them down for the first time in 1871. Gordon would star as Major Lewis Merrill, who took charge of the army regiment and built an effective network of informants, which included local African-Americans, in an effort to eradicate the KKK.
The film’s development comes at an opportune time as the KKK has become a critical point in current political discussions thanks to one Donald Trump. It also follows Nate Parker’s impressive Sundance debut of The Birth of a Nation, which shares the same title of the 1915 film about the rise of the KKK and documents Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831. The Birth of a Nation takes place roughly three decades prior to K Troop.
Gordon-Levitt has a lot on his plate in the near future. As previously mentioned, his politically charged Snowden biopic arrives later this year, then he’ll go to work on an untitled musical comedy with Channing Tatum as well as the Fraggle Rock movie and an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book series The Sandman.
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