CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Stud
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is teaming up with Amazon Studios to produce and possibly star in a film about America's original hate group—the Klu Klux Klan. The announcement of Gordon-Levitt's historical drama comes at a particularly tense time in Hollywood, as many in the entertainment industry decried the fact that only white actors were nominated at the 88th Academy Awards in February. 

Gordon-Levitt's film will take place in the Reconstruction-era United States. It will be called K Troop, after an elite Army regiment that defeated the white-supremacist group before it reemerged later in the 20th century. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Gordon-Levitt is mulling over playing the role of Major Lewis Merril, the leader of nominal troop and protagonist of the film.

THR also reports that Amazon Studios is on something of a spending-frenzy, having recently bought the rights to Woody Allen's next film for $15 million. K Troop is the studio's most recent aquisition.