After becoming the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar for her helming of the war drama “The Hurt Locker” in 2009, Kathryn Bigelow returned to the battlefield for her 2012 follow-up “Zero Dark Thirty,” which detailed the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Her new film, “Detroit,” documents the riots that beset the motor city in the summer of 1967. The trailer for the film, due out on August 4, gives us glimpses of the key players (watch above).
As with those other two films, this one was scripted by Mark Boal. He picked up an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker.” The voiceover in the “Detroit” trailer explains, “It’s a war zone out there. They’re destroying the city.” The riot begins soon after the police raid an unlicensed bar on July 23 and arrest the 82 patrons and staff. Over the course of just five days, 43 people died and more than 1,100 were injured before the National Guard, ordered in by Governor George Romney, restored order.
At the center of the storm is an African American security guard (John Boyega). “I’ll sleep when they stop rioting,” says his character. In addition to Boyega, the cast includes Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski and Will Poulter.