John Boyega Navigates A "City Of War" In New 'Detroit' Trailer

Photo of John Boyega in ‘Detroit’ courtesy of Strategy PR.

John Boyega is kicking off his 2017 with a drama picture that’s set against the backdrop of the devastating 1967 Detroit riots.

Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), frames its first trailer around the project’s star and explores the system racism in urban Detroit.

“I’ll sleep when they stop rioting,” Boyega’s character says over the phone in the trailer. “It’s a war zone out there,” a voiceover says later. “They’re destroying the city.”

40 years ago, the riots in Detroit were catastrophic to the area, some parts still are affected by the fallout. In Detroit, the film will focus specifically on the Algiers Motel incident.

In addition to John Boyega, Detroit‘s ensemble cast includes Will Poulter as an unnerving villain, John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie, Ben O’Toole, Jacob Latimore, Jack Reynor, Joseph David-Jones, Algee Smith, Hannah Murray and Kaitlyn Dever.

Detroit is slated to hit theaters August 4 and marks one of a few pictures pegged to riots that happened in this country.

Watch the first trailer below and keep an eye out for more as this film develops.