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Amazon Prime Video is set to tackle the controversial subject of the Ku Klux Klan. It's signed the rights to 'K Troop', a film exploring the rise of the white supremacy group in post-Civil War America.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce and potentially star too.

'K Troop' will focus on the man who led the US Army's elite K Troop division that stomped out the KKK in 1871.

The group reemerged in 1915 and flourished all over the States in the early and mid-1920s.

The group is still active today. Just recently David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, endorsed Republican hopeful Donald Trump.

The film will be based on an upcoming article for Slate magazine by Matthew Pearl. It's currently searching for someone to write the script.

Gordon-Levitt would star as Major Lewis Merrill, the leader of K Troop. Merill built an extensive network of informants, including a number of local African-Americans, who risked their lives to supply information on the KKK, and eventually bring about its demise.

Amazon has been busy breaking out the cheque book recently. It signed up Woody Allen's next film – after agreeing a deal on Allen's first ever TV series – and will show 'Fear the Walking Dead' from Easter Sunday.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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