After working with Kathryn Bigelow on Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, Anthony Mackie is set to reteam with the director for her untitled movie about the 1967 Detroit riots, Mashablehas confirmed.
Fresh off Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega will lead the ensemble, which also includes Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones).
Bigelow is directing from a script by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal. The duo are also producing the film with Megan Ellison of financier Annapurna Pictures, as well as Matthew Budman and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro will executive produce.
Set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967, the film is said to be a fascinating exploration of race relations in the city. Mackie is expected to play a Vietnam veteran.
Bigelow’s film doesn’t have distribution yet, but she’s aiming to have the film out next year in time for the 50th anniversary of the riots. [Source]