John David Washington is the son of Denzel Washington, who appeared in four films directed by Spike Lee.

Director Spike Lee received a six-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival after the premier of the film.

During an interview with Dave Karger at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Topher Grace said that once he got the role and during the filming, he was not allowed to tell anyone that he was playing David Duke.

The film features the late musician Prince singing Mary don't you weep over the end credits, this is a previously unreleased live rehearsal recording.

On May 19, 2018, Spike Lee won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival; May 19 was Malcolm X's birthday. Spike directed Denzel Washington (John David Washington's father) in Malcolm X (1992).