Film, TV & Stage

John Boyega lands role in crime drama based on the deadly 1967 Detroit race riots

EXCITED: John Boyega

EXCITED: John Boyega

STAR WARS actor John Boyega has landed a role in a crime drama bases on the deadly 1967 Detroit race riots.

Referred to as the “Untitled Detroit Project,” the drama, produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, will centre on the devastating five days of unrest.

Though no release date has been announced, it is belied that the production team are targeting for 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots.

“I’ve teamed up with Kathryn Bigelow for a movie based on the Detroit riots in 1967,” London-born John wrote on Instagram. “Kathryn’s talent is undeniable and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with her on such an important story.”

The riots were a series of violent confrontations between residents of predominantly African American neighborhoods of Detroit, and the city’s police department, that began on July 23, 1967.

The immediate cause of the riot was a police raid at an after-hours club, the site of a welcome-home party for two returning African American Vietnam War veterans.

As a result, 43 people died, including 33 African Americans and 10 whites. Many other people were injured; more than 7,000 people were arrested; and more than 1,000 buildings were burned in the uprising.

Those 5 days of upheaval are considered one of the catalysts for the Black Power movement of the period.


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