John Boyega Will Star in Kathryn Bigelow’s Movie About the 1967 Detroit Riots
He also tweeted this striking photo:
THR says the film, Bigelow’s first since her great docudrama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, doesn’t have a title, which makes me wonder if it’s “12th Street,” given the hashtag. The 1967 Detroit riot is also sometimes called the “12th Street Riot,” so that would make a lot of sense.
There are no plot details at the moment, but the film will reunite Bigelow with Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, who is working on the script, which is described as “an ensemble piece.” If you want to read about the 12th Street Riot, there’s a detailed Wikipedia page. Or you could check out one of the books on the subject if you’re looking for a deeper dive into the event, which was sparked by a police raid. The riot ultimately lasted five days, leading to dozens of deaths, over 1,100 injuries, and more than 7,000 arrests. It’s one of the biggest and most destructive riots and U.S. history, which should make for an ideal backdrop for a story about race, police, and violence in America. Those are three subjects that are sadly all too relevant in 2016 too.
As for Boyega, he was one of the many highlights in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while the Star Wars universe is lucky to have him and we’re excited for what he’ll bring to Episode VIII, the best part about great actors appearing in stuff like The Force Awakens is the capital it gives them to get smaller, edgier fare made. Like, for example, a Kathryn Bigelow movie about a very sad chapter of American history.