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Will Poulter Joins John Boyega In Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit Riots Drama

The Revenant's Will Poulter has joined John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"), Ben O'Toole ("Hacksaw Ridge"), and Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction") in the yet untitled Detroit riots drama that Academy Award winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow will direct from a script written by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal, whom she worked with on Zero Dark Thirty.

The project marks Bigelow's return to feature filmmaking after Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, which the director followed with a short in 2014 titled Last Days.

Based on real life events, the untitled project will be set against the backdrop of one of the most violent, deadly, and destructive riots in American history where hundreds lost their lives (mostly civilians) and well over a thousand were wounded (mostly civilians).

What came to be known as the 12th Street riots was a violent 5-day confrontation in 1967's Detroit, between local community members (mostly African-Americans) and the Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan Nation Guard, and the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions (mostly White). Bigelow and Boal will try to dig deep into the systemic racism in the city.

There isn't a distributor yet in place, but Bigelow is aiming to release the film in 2017, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Source - THR
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