Kathryn Bigelow has teamed up with writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) once again for Detroit, a film set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in the summer of 1967.
For those who don’t know, the riots occurred after police raided an unlicensed bar, leading to a confrontation with citizens which left 43 people dead and led to thousands of arrests. Since the situation escalated to violence, the Governor at the time had to call in the National Guard, and thanks to the destruction and scale of the riot, the riot is now known as one of the largest in US history.
Watch the tense first trailer below, which features an all-star cast including John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, and Jason Mitchell.
While the trailer looks to brilliantly capture the horror of the event and the tensions of the time, it hasn’t come without controversy. Ebony magazine’s Latoya Cross made some excellent points in her article ‘#Nah: ‘Detroit’ Trailer Has History BUT Erases Black Women’ which is a fair observation given the lack of black women in the trailer.
Detroit will be released on August 4.