Believe it or not, it’s been five years since we last got a movie from director Kathryn Bigelow – 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. That all changes this year with the anticipated release of Detroit, which just shared its first official trailer today.
Detroit focuses on the 1967 Detroit riot, which began with a police raid of an unlicensed bar with confrontations that led to five days of violence, resulting in one of the deadliest riots in the U.S. history.
The trailer introduces us to a character played by Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, as an African-American cop who has to deal with the racial tensions of that time in history even with white soldiers that he goes up to just to warmly offer them some coffee.
The trailer then turns its focus to the Algiers Motel incident, which features a group of mainly African-American musicians, as well as a few young white women, who are hanging out and partying, when a toy gun goes off, causing some unwanted hostile attention from the police. Will Poulter (The Revenant) leads the way as a threatening police officer, and party-goers include Jason Mitchell and Anthony Mackie. You get a sense of the internal conflict that Boyega’s character is going through.
No one does tension quite like Bigelow, so it’s safe to assume that Detroit will be another solid work from both her and screenwriter Mark Boal (who also wrote The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty).
The rest of the impressive cast includes Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole, John Krasinski, Kaitlyn Dever, Jacob Latimore, Jeremy Strong, Malcolm David Kelley (Walt from Lost), Algee Smith, and Joseph David-Jones.
Detroit will be released on August 4, 2017. Find the trailer posted below, along with the poster