‘Untitled Detroit Project’ assembles cast members making a splash in the film world


The cast for Kathryn Bigelow’s movie about Detroit’s 1967 riot  is quickly growing.

Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” was announced Tuesday as a cast member of the upcoming Detroit riot movie.   So was Kaitlyn Dever, a rising young actress with two TV ties to the Motor City. She had a recurring role on FX’s “Justified,” the series inspired by late Detroit novelist Elmore Leonard’s novel, and she’s also a regular on the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing.”  Murray and Dever join an ensemble that already features two English actors (Boyega and Poulter), one Australian actor (O’Toole) and one Irish actor (Reynor).

John Boyega, of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will appear in the film.  Will Poulter, who played a naive teen in the hit comedy “We’re the Millers,” Ben O’Toole, who co-starred with Russell Crowe in the World War I drama “The Water Diviner,” and Jack Reynor, who spent time in Detroit for the filming of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,  Jacob Latimore whose credits include “The Maze Runner” and “Black Nativity.” and also had a key role in the 2010 Detroit-made horror film “Vanishing on 7th Street.” and Saginaw native Algee Smith has appeared in “Earth to Echo” and will be part of the upcoming biopic “New Edition” that BET plans to release next year are also signing on to the movie.

The project, still referred to as the “Untitled Detroit Project,” which is expected to film partly in Detroit, has been shooting recently in the Boston area, which is doubling as Detroit..  The project is being directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning team behind “The Hurt Locker.” is being  financed by Annapurna Pictures

Most details about the movie are being kept under wraps, but it’s described as a crime drama set against the backdrop of those devastating five days in the summer of ’67. The release date is expected to be in 2017, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the riots.


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