Tense New Trailer Released for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

Image credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures

A new trailer has been released for Detroit, the upcoming true-story thriller set during the Detroit riots of ’67.

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow reunites with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal for this tense-looking picture, which follows what went down when police raided an unlicensed bar in Detroit’s Near West Side. It’s a deeply troubling moment in U.S. history. After the dust had settled from the violent clashes between police and citizens, 43 were left dead, hundreds were injured, and thousands were in jail.

All signs are pointing to a strong picture here. Apart from Bigelow and Boal, there’s also a promising cast that includes John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, and John Krasinski, eight-time Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard is behind the score, and tension-delivering cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (United 93, The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips) is behind the lens.

Detroit, also starring Algee Smith, Hannah Murray and Aussie actor Ben O’Toole, will open in the U.S. on August 4. No Australian date has been confirmed as yet.

Synopsis for Detroit:

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.

Image credit: Francois Duhamel / Annapurna Pictures