Detroit trailer: John Boyega takes lead role in first look at Kathryn Bigelow’s riot drama

Jennifer ruby

John Boyega stars as a US policeman in the first look at Kathryn Bigelow’s eagerly-anticipated new film, Detroit.

In the first trailer for the forthcoming drama, the Peckham-born British star can be seen in action as an officer caught in the middle of the violent 1967 riots in the US city.

The actor, who was an unknown until he was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, proves his acting skills in the tense dramatisation of the five days that rocked America.

Cementing his rising star status, Boyega takes the lead role in Oscar-winner’s latest offering, leading a cast including John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie and Jason Mitchell.

Fellow Brits Will Poulter and Hannah Murray also appear in the drama, which is Bigelow’s first since 2012’s Dark Zero Thirty.

The film chronicles the five-day riots that took place following a police raid on an unlicensed bar, parking one of the deadliest and longest riots in US history.

The incident resulted in 43 deaths and 7,200 arrests, while more than 2000 buildings were destroyed.

Boyega, 25, has been on a roll ever since his breakout role in the sci-fi epic last year and has already landed a number of high profile parts.

The actor has already filmed roles in The Circle and Pacific Rim: Uprising and has just finished shooting Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Detroit is slated for release in cinemas on August 4.