Watch: 1967 Riot Explored in First Trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

Annapurna Pictures has released the first trailer for its upcoming historical drama Detroit, based on the infamous 1967 riots in that city that left dozens dead and more than a thousand injured in a five-day-long standoff.

Detroit marks the first film in five years from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).

While not much can be gleaned about the plot from the film’s first trailer, the movie is based upon the 1967 riot that erupted in Detroit on July 23, 1967, when city police raided an unlicensed bar on 12th Street, in a predominantly African-American community.

Five days later, 43 people were dead, more than a thousand had been injured, thousands more had been arrested, and tens of millions of dollars in property damage had been incurred as the riot became one of the largest and costliest civil unrest actions in modern American history.

The trailer hints that Bigelow will return to the intense shooting style she employed in her previous films, and also gives us a glimpse at its star-studded cast: Anthony Mackie, John Boyega, John Krasinski, Will Poulter, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore and Katlyn Dever star.

Bigelow directed off of a screenplay by her Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty collaborator Mark Boal.

The film is due out in theaters August 4.


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