Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Amazon Studios are teaming up for a film about the rise of the Ku Klux Klan.
Gordon-Levitt is producing and potentially starring in K Troop, a period drama that Amazon Studios has managed to acquire the rights to.
THR broke the news, reporting that K Troop could see Gordon-Levitt playing Major Lewis Merrill, the man who led the U.S. Army’s K Troop as the KKK rose during the post-Civil War period. The troop managed to crush the newly formed Ku Klux Klan in 1871 thanks to a network of informants, which included a number of African-Americans. As is known, the KKK managed to re-emerge in 1915 and became even more prevalent during the Civil Rights era of the ’50s.
K Troop is to be based on an upcoming Slate article penned by Matthew Pearl. The search is now on for a screenwriter.
Next up for Gordon-Levitt is another controversial subject: Edward Snowden. The actor will be playing the computer analyst turned wanted whistleblower in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, set for U.S. release on September 16.