Anthony Mackie Is Latest Talented Male to Join Kathryn Bigelow’s Drama About the 1967 Detroit Riots

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The day after Kathryn Bigelow enlisted a trio of young actors-on-the-brink for her next project, a yet-to-be-titled film about the 1967 Detroit riots, Deadline is now reporting that Anthony Mackie will reunite with his Hurt Locker director for her new film. The production, which is being helmed by Bigelow and written by her longtime collaborator Mark Boal, can now count Mackie, John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, and Jack Reynor as cast members. The plot will center around the five days of rioting that took place in Detroit, Michigan, that started after police raided an unlicensed after-hours bar in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967. The confrontation with patrons escalated into a confrontation with observers, spiraling into days of looting and buildings being destroyed. By the time the violence ended, hundreds of people were either injured, dead, or thrown in jail. The film will be Boal and Bigelow’s follow-up to Zero Dark Thirty (before that they found success with The Hurt Locker). These two should try making a serious movie sometime.