The gripping trailer for Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” debuted Wednesday, and it looks intense, to say the least.

The film is set in the summer of 1967, a time when America was plagued by systemic racism and riots took over the streets for five full days in response to a police raid on a local after hours bar. The confrontation with patrons and observers in the streets spiraled out of control into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history.

"Detroit," starring John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens") as a city cop, is based on the true story of the Algiers Motel incident, in which three African-American men were killed by police, who raided their room after reports of a gun shot fired.

As you'll see in the trailer, a gun was fired, but no one was actually hurt -- until the cops showed up. Boyega appears to be stuck in the middle, trying his best to defuse the situation before tensions between the people in the motel room and police boil to a deadly breaking point.

Co-stars in the racial drama that looks as if it might be headed toward Oscar glory include John Krasinski, Jason Mitchell, Anthony Mackie and Will Poulter.

“Detroit” will hit the theaters Aug. 4.

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