”Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow’s first movie after Jessica Chastain was robbed of her Oscar for that project depicts the deadly five-day 1967 Detroit riot, which started after police raided an unlicensed bar.
Titled “Detroit,” the movie’s trailer debuted Wednesday. It is a who’s who of bright young talent: John Boyega, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Hannah Murray and Jacob Latimore all appear.
The first film distributed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, “Detroit” is opting for a surprising release strategy. Given its star director and topical subject, the movie has Oscar potential, yet the studio has slated it for an Aug. 4 debut, ahead of the typical awards season window. With positive reviews and a decent box office result, it could carry over. After all, Bigelow’s previous collaborations with screenwriter Mark Boal, who penned “Detroit,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” have proven fruitful with the Academy.