USA. New Jersey. Newark. July 15, 1967. A National Guardsman moves a civilian towards the wall as police search others in riot-torn Newark. It wasn’t known why the group was stopped and searched. None were arrested. Sniper fire continued throughout the evening in the fourth night of racial rioting.
USA. Michigan. Detroit. July 26, 1967. Original Caption: Tough-looking Michigan National Guardsmen push rioting Negroes back from a burning building with fixed bayonets on Detroit’s riot-torn west side. National Guard tank crews blasted away at entrenched snipers with .50-caliber machine guns early July 26 after sniper fire routed policemen from a square-mile area of the motor city.
Mackie joins John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor in a drama framed around the 1967 Detroit race riots that devastated the city over five summer days. For Mackie, this marks a re-team with Kathryn Bigelow from the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.
More than eight years since appearing on screen in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Anthony Mackie is reuniting with the Oscar-winning filmmaker for her movie about the infamous Detroit riots.
The still untitled film is described as a crime drama set against the backdrop of the five-day riots in 1967. The story will address systematic racism in urban Detroit.” According to Deadline, Mackie will play a “returning Vietnam vet who figures prominently in the flashpoint drama.”
The actor, who also portrays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, joins a cast that includes John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VIII), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction). Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal penned the screenplay.
The film is targeting a 2017 release date to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots.