Sunday, 24 July 2016

John Boyega joins Kathryn Bigelow's new drama

All things considered, John Boyega is having quite the moment. And thanks to his career boosting role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), he is being considered for more projects with great potential. Case in point, news arrive via The Hollywood Reporter that Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) has cast him in her new, untitled drama.

Bigelow has been developing several projects since working on Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and now this new, original idea has leapt to the front of the queue. Little is known about the plot, save that it is set against the backdrop of destructive riots that spread across the city of Detroit in 1967, the result of pent-up rage at racism and police raids.

The new film reunites Bigelow with writer Mark Boal, and it has the backing of Annapurna Pictures, which will be looking to find a distribution home for the eventual film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bigelow intends to gather an ensemble cast before filming in the summer and aiming for a 2017 release to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the riots themselves.

This latest addition to his slate comes on the heels of Boyega working on technology thriller The Circle and his casting in Pacific Rim 2, which he is also working on as a producer. He has also been busy filming Rian Johnson's (Looper) Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will be out on 15 December 2017.

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