‘Detroit’ Trailer: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Director Kathryn Bigelow Depicts an Uprising

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The first trailer has been released for Detroit, the next film from The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow.

Reuniting Bigelow with her Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal, Detroit tells of the riots that rocked the city for over five days in 1967. After police raided an unlicensed bar in Detroit’s Near West Side, people took the streets. The subsequent riots and clashes between police and citizens got so out of hand that the National Guard was forced to intervene. 43 people died during the riots and thousands were arrested.

It was certainly a troubling period, and one that could prove to be powerfully and provocatively brought to the screen if done right. The trailer below shows off what looks like a dramatic reenactment of the event that sparked the riots and the chaos that followed, with Bigelow tapping into the kinetic style of recreation Paul Greengrass delivered with Bloody Sunday and United 93 and Peter Berg recently brought with Patriots Day.

Detroit, featuring a large cast that includes John Boyega, Chris Chalk, Nathan Davis Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, John Krasinski, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, and Will Poulter, will open in the US on August 4. The film arrives in Australia sometime later this year.

Detroit synopsis:

DETROIT reunites director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. Set against the backdrop of the devastating Detroit riots that took place over five days in the Summer of 1967, after police raided an unlicensed bar in the city’s Near West Side. The confrontation between the police and citizens quickly turned violent, to the point where the Governor was forced to call in the National Guard. When the riots were all over, 43 people were dead, hundreds were injured, thousands were arrested, and many of the city’s buildings had been destroyed. As a result, the riots are widely known as one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history.

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