Forest Whitaker & Usher Star In New Movie About Ku Klux Klan | In The News (Video)

Forest Whitaker and Usher are in a new film called “Burden” that’ll be in theaters early next year.

The story, which is said to be based on real-life events, follows Whitaker’s character Reverend Kennedy, a civil rights protest leader, who takes interest in a man named Mike Burden, an orphan who was raised by the Ku Klux Klan. But Burden decides to leave the Klan and change his ways after falling for a young, single mother.

“I’ve done a whole lot of bad things in my life,” said the Burden character in the trailer. “Things I now regret.”

The Klan member is played by Garrett Hedlund, and his desire to leave the group is challenged by its leader, who’s also been a father figure to him.

Plus, the people in Reverend Kennedy’s life seemingly can’t believe he’s decided to help Burden, his girlfriend and her baby find a place a stay. “You don’t leave the Klan, daddy, it’s in you,” the reverend’s son tells him.

But Whitaker’s character is steadfast in his mission of love and acceptance, although he also struggles personally with what he’s doing.

“They may set crosses in the middle of the night, but we will fill the night with a different kind of fire,” he says about the Klan during the trailer.

The film was a hit at Sundance in 2018 and won the Audience Award. It’ll be released on February 28.

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