Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Drama Plucks Two Up-And-Comers


Casting on Kathryn Bigelow‘s next feature, one primed to chronicle the Detroit Riots of ’67, has exploded into life, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word of two new additions to that growing ensemble.

Nipping at the heels of Anthony Mackie’s addition to the cast, THR has revealed that Jacob Latimore (Collateral Beauty) and Algee Smith (Earth to Echo) have now boarded the project as it gears up to enter production in the coming weeks. With potent, real-life drama at its disposal coupled with the creative talent of Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) behind the lens, the filmmaker’s latest will be one to keep an eye on when it bows in theaters at some point in 2017.

By that stage, we’ll be seeing Latimore, Smith and Mackie rub shoulders with Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout John Boyega, not to mention the talented trio of Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge), and Jack Reynor (Macbeth, Transformers: Age Of Extinction), who enlisted for the Detroit pic earlier this week.

Thrusting moviegoers into the social uproar that sparked the historic Detroit Riots of 1967, Kathryn Bigelow‘s next creative venture – one based on a screenplay she penned with Boal – is shaping up to be a cracker, and we’ll be keeping tabs on the real-life drama as it inches closer and closer to a production start and, eventually, a release in 2017.