The highly anticipated follow up to Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty finally has its first trailer. Scripted by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), Detroit is a crime drama set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in 1967. It was initiated by a police raid on an unlicensed bar and escalated to a five day riot that led to 39 deaths.
Bigelow has evolved from the genre fare of the late 80s/early 90s (Point Break, Near Dark) into one of the most accomplished directors working today, especially adept at crafting true-life meditations on contemporary issues.
She’s already tackled the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and has now turned her attention to the Detroit riots at the height of the battle for civil rights, focusing on the racial implications that still run through America today. While different to her recent war-centric films, Detroit comes with the same baggage of a real life story echoing issues in contemporary America.
The film stars an ensemble cast which includes John Boyega, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Hannah Murray and Jeremy Strong. Watch the trailer below.
The film is set to hit cinemas on Friday, August 4.