Will Poulter boards Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riots movie

Will Poulter at the 88th Academy Awards

by James White |
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Kathryn Bigelow is building the ensemble she needs for her next project, an untitled crime drama set against the backdrop of the Detroit riots in 1967. With John Boyega already aboard, she's now adding another rising star in Will Poulter.

And he's not the only one, as Jack Reynor and The Water Diviner's Ben O'Toole are also joining the film. Bigelow has been developing several projects since working on Zero Dark Thirty and now this new, original idea has leapt to the front of the queue. Little is known about the plot, save that it's set against the backdrop of destructive riots that spread across the city of Detroit in 1967, the result of pent-up rage at racism and police raids.

The new film reunites Bigelow with writer Mark Boal, and the filmmaking pair is aiming for a 2017 release to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the riots themselves. All being well, the cameras will be rolling soon.

Poulter will next be seen in War Machine opposite Brad Pitt, while Reynor has worked on World War II resistance film HHhH and will be heard in Andy Serkis' take on the Jungle Book story, due in 2018. As for O'Toole, he has a role in Hacksaw Ridge, which has yet to lock in a UK release and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be out on May 26 next year.

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