Wednesday, 19 October 2016

John Krasinski joins Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit riots drama

Kathryn Bigelow's (The Hurt Locker) based on truth drama about the events in Detroit in the summer of 1967 is well under way now – it has been shooting long enough that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) tweeted recently that he has already wrapped – but the director is still adding people. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that John Krasinski (13 Hours) is the latest recruit, and one of the more high profile people to join an already eclectic cast.

Bigelow is once again working with writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) on the still untitled drama that dives into the cauldron of racial tension and social injustice that was Detroit in '67. With police brutality rampant and racism a part of every day life, the city exploded into riots.

While we know that the film will juggle different storylines – including Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) as a returning Vietnam veteran – not much has been released about the plot or characters. Krasinski joins a cast that already includes John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter (The Revenant), Jack Reynor (Glassland) and Kaitlyn Dever (The Spectacular Now), and the film is still without a studio home. Still, with Annapurna financing and the 50th anniversary of the events coming up next year, expect the film to emerge in 2017.

Krasinski most recently appeared in Michael Bay's 13 Hours and turned director for indie movie The Hollars, which has yet to secure a UK release date. He is also down to play the latest iteration of Jack Ryan for a new Amazon series.

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