Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Jason Mitchell joins Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit riots drama

Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is currently calling the shots on her untitled drama set among the riots in Detroit in 1967. Yet she is still adding to her cast, with news arriving via Variety that Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) is now part of the cast.

With Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) once again on writing duties, the film will unspool its story 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. Mitchell's role – like most of his co-stars, including Will Poulter (The Revenant), Jack Reynor (Glassland), Ben O'Toole (The Water Diviner), Kaitlyn Dever (The Spectacular Now), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Hannah Murray (Game Of Thrones) – is a mystery at this point. One person we do know about is Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), who is set to play a returning Vietnam veteran who has a prominent role in the story.

Despite not currently having a studio home, Bigelow is aiming to have this one ready for release next year, timed to the 50th anniversary of the riots. Mitchell, meanwhile, will next show up in Kong: Skull Island, which stomps into cinemas on 10 March next year.

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