John Boyega cast in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming film about 1960s Detroit riots
The Star Wars actor John Boyega is the first named to star in Bigelow’s anticipated follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty, a crime drama set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots
John Boyega is on a roll.
Weeks after it was announced that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star had signed on for the lead role in the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, it is announced that the British actor has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow’s next film.
Billed as an “Untitled Detroit Project” by Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind Bigelow’s last feature, Zero Dark Thirty, Bigelow’s latest is a crime drama set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. The film explores “systemic racism”, according to a statement released by Annapurna. Bigelow’s frequent collaborator, Mark Boal, is writing the screenplay.
Further details on the production, which is set to begin shooting this summer, have not been revealed. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots, the film is aiming to open sometime in 2017.
Boyega is in the midst of shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, and will next be seen onscreen opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle. He will be making his stage debut on London’s West End in Woyzeck at the Old Vic, next year.
As for Bigelow, she last directed Last Days in 2014, a short film about elephant poaching. Her last feature film, Zero Dark Thirty, received five Oscar nominations including best picture and best actress for Jessica Chastain.