Monday, 29 August 2016

Will Poulter set for Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit riots movie

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is currently building the ensemble she needs for her next project, an untitled crime drama set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in 1967. With John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) already aboard, she is adding another rising star to join him, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) is now aboard.

And he is not the only one, as Jack Reynor (Glassland) and Ben O'Toole (The Water Diviner) are also joining the film. 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 the filmmaking pair are aiming for a 2017 release to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the riots themselves. All being well, the cameras will be rolling soon.

Poulter will next be seen in War Machine opposite Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), while Reynor has worked on World War II resistance film HHhH and will be heard in Andy Serkis' (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) take on the Jungle Book story, due in 2018. As for O'Toole, he has a role in Mel Gibson's (Apocalypto) Hacksaw Ridge, which has yet to lock in a UK release and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be out on 26 May next year.

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