John Boyega Heads to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Race Riot Drama


Newly minted “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega is heading to Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest film about the Detroit race riots of 1967.

Details about the film, including its title, are relatively unknown. Up until now, the cast was also unknown. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the cast is being touted as an ensemble, and Boyega is the first of many names to be announced. “Game of Thrones” actress Hannah Murray is also rumored to be joining the film.

Deadline reports that principal photography will be carried out this summer, with an estimated release date of 2017 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots. The film will take place in 1967 and cover the riots, which rocked the city for five days during the summer of that year. The riots were one of the most violent revolts of the 20th century. 43 people died and almost 700 were wounded.

Fans of season two of the hit podcast Serial know that Bigelow and producer Mark Boal were originally working on the film version of the Bowe Bergdahl story. It was later reported the duo were deserting that idea for the time being and instead focusing on this film.

Bigelow is set to direct and produce a script by Boal. It is her first feature film since 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” She has two Oscars: one for Best Picture for “The Hurt Locker,” and another for Best Director for the same film.

Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman are set to produce as well. The film will mark Bigelow’s tenth time directing a feature. Bigelow and Boal previously teamed up on “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” among others.

Stay tuned for more details on the “Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Project.”