John Krasinski has joined Kathryn Bigelow’s next project, an untitled crime drama set amid Detroit’s 1967 riots.
His casting adds to an already stacked ensemble: John Boyega (Star Wars), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Ben O’Toole (Love Child), Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12), Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), and Algee Smith all previously signed on. Anthony Mackie, who starred in Bigelow’s Oscar-winning 2008 war flick, The Hurt Locker, and Straight Outta Compton breakout Jason Mitchell are also set to appear.
Though specific plot details have yet to be revealed, the film takes place against the backdrop of the devastating riots, which left 43 people dead and 340 injured across five days in the summer of 1967. The story will address systematic racism in urban Detroit.
The movie will reunite Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal, who previously worked with the director on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. It’s planned for a release in 2017, pegged to the 50th anniversary of the protests. No specific date has been announced.
Though Krasinski first rose to prominence for his turn as good guy prankster Jim Halpert on The Office, the actor has done well to bolster his film career since. He most recently flexed his leading man cred in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours and newly released The Hollars, which he directed as well. He’s also starring in Jack Ryan, Amazon’s forthcoming thriller series based on Tom Clancy’s popular novel series about a daring CIA analyst.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Krasinski’s casting.