Watch the First Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’ Riots Movie Starring John Boyega

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John Boyega takes action in the first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” released on Wednesday.

The drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. The film explores systemic racism in urban Detroit.

“I’ll sleep when they stop rioting,” Boyega says over the phone in the trailer.

“It’s a war zone out there,” a voiceover says later. “They’re destroying the city.”

In addition to Boyega, the ensemble cast includes John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Jacob Latimore, Joseph David-Jones, Algee Smith, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray.

Bigelow is directing the crime drama from an original screenplay by Mark Boal. She’s also producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson, with Greg Shapiro executive producing.

“Detroit” is scheduled to hit theaters August 4. Watch the first trailer below:

In addition to the trailer, Annapurna pictures also released a poster for the film, pictured below.

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  1. it wasn’t a riot. it was an uprising

  2. I was five years old at the time of the riots. My father was going to night school at Wayne State and my mother would pick him up with me and my brother. I still remember the orange glow in the sky from the fires and the Nat’l Guard jeeps with 50 cal machine guns.

  3. It’s about time, I was there when riot started on 12th street 1967, street known as Rosa Parks street now. I have written about this for years. I hope the story is accurate

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