Anthony Mackie Joins John Boyega In Detroit Riots, Reteams With Kathryn Bigelow

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Anthony Mackie Joins John Boyega In Detroit Riots, Reteams With Kathryn Bigelow
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 5, 2016

Source: Deadline

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Deadline is reporting that Anthony Mackie is reteaming with Kathryn Bigelow as he’s been added to the cast of her latest project, Detroit Riots. He joins John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor.

Mackie co-starred with Jeremy Renner in Bigelow’s Oscar winning film Hurt Locker.

The site states that details of the project are unknown for now but the story is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967, with the film seeking to explore the systemic racism in the city. The roll call is described as an ensemble piece.

Mackie will play a returning Vietnam vet who figures prominently in the flashpoint drama.

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing with Bigelow and Boal producing along with Ellison and Matthew Budman. Colin Wilson and Greg Shapiro will executive produce.

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According to Wikipedia, The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan. It began on a Saturday night in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, just north of the corner of 12th Street (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount Avenue on the city’s Near West Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in the history of the United States, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit’s 1943 race riot.

Mackie was last seen reprising his role as Falcon in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. He also played Martin Luther King, Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s All The Way. He’s set to play Johnnie Cochran in the Justin Chadwick’s Signal Hill.


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