Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit Riots Drama Adds Two Rising Stars (Exclusive)

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Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith

Jacob Latimore and Algee Smith are joining John Boyega in the film.

Kathryn Bigelow's next project, centered on the Detroit riots, is shaping up, adding two rising stars, Jacob Latimore and Algee Smith, to the roster.

John Boyega also is attached to the project, which will be set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five summer days in 1967. Smith and Latimore will have lead roles in the ensemble film.

As previously announced, Will Poulter, most recently seen in Alejandro Inarritu's The Revenant, as well as Jack Reynor and Ben O'Toole, has signed on to the project. Anthony Mackie also is reuniting with Bigelow, who directed him The Hurt Locker, for the film.

Bigelow is directing the crime drama, her first feature since 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty. It is being financed by Annapurna Pictures and has an original script by her frequent collaborator Mark Boal.

The ensemble film recently began shooting in Detroit and Boston. Bigelow is producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson. Greg Shapiro is executive producing.

Smith’s credits include Earth to Echo and the upcoming BET miniseries New Edition: The Movie. He is repped by J Pervis Talent Agency and First Access Entertainment.

Latimore appeared in 2014’s Maze Runner and Ride Along and will be seen in New Line's upcoming film Collateral Beauty with Will Smith that opens in December. The actor generated heat earlier this year when he starred in Sleight, the buzzy Sundance movie that was picked up by WWE and Blumhouse.

He’s repped by CAA and Geffen Management Group.

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