Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor Headed to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Race Riot Flick

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In June it was announced that newly minted “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star John Boyega was heading to Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest film about the Detroit race riots of 1967. Now, the cast is being fleshed out further with the addition of Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor.

According to Variety, who first broke the news, the film is expected to be an ensemble film, but Poulter, O’Toole and Reynor are expected to have the majority of screen time. No further character details are available at this time.

Details about the film, including its title, are relatively unknown. Up until now, the cast was also unknown.

Between the three of them, Poulter, O’Toole and Reynor have several exciting projects in the works. Poulter, who previously appeared in “The Revenant,” can be seen next in “War Machine” with Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. O’Toole has “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” in the works. And for his part, Reynor (who recently appeared in “Sing Street”) has “HHhH” and “Free Fire” coming down the pipelines.

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 Detroit Project.”