Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is no stranger to tackling difficult topics in her films, which more often than not have stemmed from real life events and sources of socio-political contention and unease. After setting her sights and attention on the war on terror (which culminated in her Oscar-nominated motion picture Zero Dark Thirty in 2012), Bigelow is now gearing up to produce a film about the 1967 Detroit race riot, starring John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in a lead role.
While little is known at this time regarding the specifics of the as-yet untitled project, the film about racial tensions in late 1960s urban America should serve as another interesting endeavor for Bigelow to sink her dramatic teeth into as a director of critically acclaimed feature length motion picture productions. On that note, the latest word has it that Bigelow has just cast three more of the movie’s star performers.
According to Deadline, Bigelow is looking to round out her cast with rising stars Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street), who join Boyega and Game of Thrones‘ Hannah Murray. The movie will be written and co-produced by frequent collaborator Mark Boal alongside Bigelow and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will additionally serve as executive producer, with production slated to begin this summer followed by a 2017 theatrical release.
Poulter is a British actor who appeared in the first Maze Runner movie, as well as 2013 comedy We’re the Millers. He also co-starred in human trafficking drama Glassland with Reynor. Reynor’s previous credits include roles in Transformers: Age of Extinction and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth. O’Toole is a relative newcomer to film acting, but had a supporting role in Russell Crowe’s 2014 war drama The Water Diviner.
Given the impressive talent attached to Bigelow’s new movie, audiences can hopefully expect the upcoming movie to do justice to its true-life source material. Bigelow has rarely shied away from tackling difficult subjects in the past, and with any luck her latest directorial effort will see her examining domestic tensions as effortlessly as she did international ones. Only time will tell whether or not Bigelow’s latest production will come together when it finally sees theatrical release some time next year, but with the collected power of its assembled cast viewers certainly have something to keep an eye out for.
Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Detroit race riot movie is expected to release in 2017.