Anthony Mackie Reunites With Kathryn Bigelow For Her Detroit Riots Movie
When Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker came out back in 2009, Anthony Mackie wasn't even close to being the household name that he is now. But they're both working at the top of their game right now, so it's cool to read Deadline's report that she'll be reuniting with the actor for her upcoming untitled movie about the Detroit riots.
John Boyega stars, and Mackie joins the recently-cast trio of Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, and Jack Reynor in a story about the five-day riot that broke out in the city in 1967 that resulted in 43 deaths, almost 1,200 injuries, over 7,000 arrests, and over 2,000 buildings being destroyed. Mackie will play a returning Vietnam veteran, but at this point, not much more is known about the story or who the other actors will play.
The movie is aiming for a release in 2017, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the riots and be a stark reminder that society really hasn't come all that far in certain areas in the intervening years. I'm excited to see Mackie reunite with Bigelow (and writer Mark Boal) for this one, and hopefully this will be a nice counter-balance to his more lighthearted supporting performance as Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.