Daniel Craig in Talks for Halle Berry’s L.A. Riots Movie ‘Kings’

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Daniel Craig is in early negotiations to star opposite Halle Berry in “Kings,” the independent drama set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Deniz Gamze Erguven, director of “Mustang,” is directing “Kings” from her own script in what will be her English-language debut. She’s re-teamed with “Mustang” producer Charles Gillibert.

Should Craig come on board, he will portray a loner who lives in South Central Los Angeles and falls in love with Berry’s character. When the riots erupt, he will help Berry in protecting her children from the violence.

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The riots started a few hours after a jury in suburban Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles Police officers of use of excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King in 1991 following a high-speed chase. A total of 55 people died during the riots amid looting, assault and arson causing more than $1 billion of property damage.

Insiders began selling “Kings” last month at Cannes with Berry and Erguven attached. “Mustang” centered on five orphaned teenage sisters in northern Turkey, was nominated earlier this year for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.

Craig was last seen as James Bond in “Spectre,” his fourth Bond movie, and it’s unclear if he’ll return for a fifth. He’s starring in Steven Soderbergh’s heist film “Logan Lucky” opposite Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver and signed on to star in the 20-episode Showtime series “Purity” for producer Scott Rudin and writer-director Todd Field.

Craig is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Doug says:

    He gave up James Bond for this politically correct race-baiting POS dribble of a movie??? By the way Loren Lemos, NO both sides were NOT to blame. I didn’t see any white people rioting, looting and assaulting people. All they could do was defend themselves from the hoodlums who used the Rodney King verdict as an excuse to steal TVs and beat white people in the head with bricks. You’re one of the morons who continues the false narrative. Did you see any white people rioting and stealing TVs after OJ was incredulously found not guilty? Answer: No, you did not.

  2. Loren Lemos says:

    If they’re gonna use an interracial romantic relationship as a metaphor for racial harmony, I say stop preproduction now.

    White people already misunderstand those riots and the police violence which precipitated them, we don’t need any further justification for the lazy, false-equivalence “both sides are to blame” narrative.

  3. Pigford says:

    Daniel Craig living in South Central? Yeah ok if you can buy that I have a bridge I can sell you at a really good price.Hollywood can come up with doozies

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