Jason Mitchell, who broke out in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton playing Eazy-E, has joined the sprawling cast of Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit riots drama.
Bigelow is directing the movie, which is currently in production in the Boston area, and has actors John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever and Hannah Murray on the call sheet.
Details are being kept under lock and key, but the script by Mark Boal is set against the backdrop of the devastating riots that took place in Detroit over five summer days in 1967.
Bigelow is producing with Boal, Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Matthew Budman, and Colin Wilson, with Greg Shapiro executive producing. Annapurna is financing.
Mitchell has been on a roll since booking his breakout in Compton, last year’s surprise hit biopic on the rise and fall of rap group N.W.A. He also was seen in Keanu, the New Line comedy from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, and recently wrapped production on Dee Rees’ Mudbound, which also stars Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke.
He also recently wrapped shooting Legendary’s big-budget monster movie, Kong: Skull Island, which is slated for release in March 2017.
Mitchell is repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary, and Ziffren Brittenham.