Anthony Mackie has scored a key role in filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming and presently untitled film about the 1967 Detroit Riots that is setup at Annapurna Pictures.
The story is described as a crime drama set against the backdrop of the devastating event that took place over five summer days in 1967 and was caused by the systemic racism in urban Detroit. Mackie will play a returning Vietnam vet who figures prominently in the flashpoint drama which also stars John Boyega, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole and Jack Reynor.
Bigelow will direct from a Mark Boal script and both will produce alongside Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman. Mackie previously worked with Bigelow and Boal on 2009’s “The Hurt Locker”.
Filming is about to get underway with plans for a release next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the riots. Mackie will shoot his scenes before reprising his role as Falcon on the next two “The Avengers” films at Marvel Studios.