Words by Jason Cordner

Corey Hawkins has joined the cast of the upcoming Spike Lee and Jordan Peele’s film Black Klansman.

Hawkins will play the role of Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame Ture), a civil rights activist who’s credited with popularizing the term “Black Power.” Carmichael rose to prominence working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and other Southern leaders to stage protests. He later lost faith in the “non-violent” tactics of the movement and aligned himself with the militant Black Panther Party.

Peele and his Monkeypaw Production banner will produce, along with Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment, and Jason Blum’s production company, Blumhouse.

Spike Lee will direct from a script he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott.

Corey 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.