The second official trailer for Detroit has been released online today. And before John Boyega returns to the big screen again in more big budget blockbuster flicks like Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi or Pacific Rim: Uprising, the breakout actor will first be appearing as one of the lead characters in Detroit. It’s the newest film from critically-acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow. Detroit also marks the third official collaboration between Bigelow and Oscar-winning screenwriter, Mark Boal, following their work together on 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty and 2009’s The Hurt Locker.

Understandably, Detroit features Bigelow and Boal trying to catch lightning in a bottle for a third time, as they bring yet another tense true story in American history to life onscreen again. This time, however, Boal and Bigelow are diverting away from the military and intelligence-heavy stories featured in their two previous collaborations, and focusing instead on one of the most confrontational string of riots that the United States has ever been subject to.

Following the first tense teaser trailer for Detroit that was released several months back, Annapurna Pictures has unveiled the first official theatrical trailer for the film online today. Framed entirely around one mysterious interrogation between Boyega’s Dismukes and two US agents, the trailer manages to ratchet up the tension within just a few moments, and only further raises the stakes throughout the rest of its brief runtime. Check out the trailer for yourself in the space above.

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Set in 1967, Detroit centers around a late-night police raid in the titular city, that is eventually followed up by one of the largest and most intense riots in United States history, leading to the federalization of the Michigan National Guard and the involvement of two Airborne Divisions of the United States Army. By cutting back and forth between the tumultuous events of the night itself and the after effects of it too, Bigelow and Boal look like they are already managing to capture an intense feeling of claustrophobia and fear necessary for a story like this to truly thrive on the big screen.

In addition to Boyega, Detroit also boasts an impressive lineup of both veteran and up-and-coming actors for itself, including Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Kaitlyn Dever, John Krasinski, Jack Reynor, and more. So based solely on the talent involved in it and the stellar footage that’s been released for it so far, it’s not hard to see why Annapurna Pictures has been so obviously confident in their marketing for Detroit up until this point, so much so that it’s begun getting hype as one of this year’s first major awards contenders, with an early August release date.

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Source: Annapurna Pictures

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