Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Race Riot Drama Casts Female Leads

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Kathryn Bigelow‘s “Untitled Detroit Project” is rounding out its cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray will play the female leads in the film.

John Boyega, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor also star. No further character details are available at this time.

Between the two of them, Dever and Murray have an impressive body of work. Dever has appeared in such films as “J. Edgar,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Short Term 12” and “Men, Women & Children.” For her part, Murray is known as Gilly on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” She also played Sylvia Ageloff in the historical drama “The Chosen.”

Details about the film, including its title, are relatively unknown.

The film is currently filming in the Boston area, with an estimated release date of 2017 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Detroit race 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: Best Picture and Best Director for “The Hurt Locker.”

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.

Tell us what you think: is the “Untitled Detroit Project” shaping up to be a film to look out for? Let us know in the comments below!