Last year, John Boyega became a household name simply by starring in a little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Everyone in the film gave a standout performance, which is sure to carry over to the next two films, but the young actor isn’t pigeonholing himself to just one franchise or genre. In these past few months, he has already signed on to appear in James Pansoldt’s The Circle, which stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. In April, it was announced that he would lend his voice to the Netflix-BBC’s telling of Watership Down, where he can be heard alongside James McAvoy and Ben Kingsley. And just a couple of weeks ago, it was confirmed that he’ll play Idris Elba’s on-screen son in Pacific Rim 2.
But he isn’t stopping there. In fact, he may be gearing up for some Oscar gold as he is the latest addition to Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.
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Boyega took it upon himself to confirm the casting over his official Twitter account yesterday.
Now, it’s not clear if the hashtag is simply referring to where these riots took place or if it will, in fact, be the actual title of the film. We still don’t know much about the project itself as it was formally announced early this year. It doesn’t even have a distributor yet. However, here is what we do know. She is once again collaborating with her Zero Dark Thirty writer and producer Mark Boal. Boal also wrote and produced the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker with Bigelow.
The film will be about the Detroit Riots that took place in 1967, as Boyega stated in his the aforementioned tweet, and just in cast you don’t know how intense the situation was during that time, he tweeted a photo that does more than just set the tone:
To be honest, the image doesn’t look any different than what is going on today, and Bigelow is the perfect director to envision that dark time in U.S. history.
For those who may not know, the 1967 Detroit Riots, also known as the 12th Street Riot, occurred when the police raided an unlicensed, after-hours bar on the corner of 12th Street (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount Avenue. The violence between the patrons and members of the police would eventually lead up to a deadly four-day riot that forced then governor George W. Romney to call in the Michigan Army National Guard into the city, in order to calm the escalating situation. The aftermath of these riots resulted in the deaths of 43 people, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed.
No release date has been announced yet, but I’m sure all of that will be announced when they can find a studio to distribute the film.
[Source: John Boyega Twitter]