Annapurna has released a new trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” a historical, racially charged thriller about the 1967 riots in Motor City — “one of the most terrifying events in American history,” per the preview.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star John Boyega heads the cast as an African-American cop caught up in a tense standoff involving snipers, accidental shootings, rocks thrown and simmering racial tensions that boil over into violence. The fact-based drama is set in the summer of ’67, when police raided an unlicensed bar where dozens of African-Americans were celebrating the return of two soldiers from the Vietnam War.
After they attempted to arrest everyone present, hell broke loose, resulting in a five-day riot that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, with 43 killed and nearly 1,200 injured.
The film marks the third collaboration between Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won an Oscar in 2010 for his screenplay for “The Hurt Locker” and received a nomination for his work on “Zero Dark Thirty.”
“Detroit” serves as the launch title for Annapurna’s new distribution division. Annapurna CEO Megan Ellison is producing the film with Bigelow, Boal, Colin Wilson and Matthew Budman.
The film is due in theaters on Aug. 4.
Watch the latest trailer above.