‘Rodney King’: Netflix Releases First Trailer for Spike Lee Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

The first trailer for Netflix’s “Rodney King” takes viewers back a quarter of a century to the 1991 beating of King and the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

“Before you know it, you’re the first reality TV star,” intones Roger Guenveur Smith, filmed last year by Spike Lee in a one-man show. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28.

In the trailer, Smith can also be seen citing LAPD officer Stacey Koon as quoting Marvin Gaye with the phrase, “Let’s get it,” prior to beating King.

The date for airing “Rodney King” has been chosen to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of Koon and three other LAPD officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, California, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.

The trailer also explores that role King played in ending the rioting, thanks to an interview he gave on May 1, 1992, the third day of the disruptions. A clearly distraught King asked plaintively, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?”

King died in 2012 by drowning, following a lifetime of battling alcohol and drug abuse and repeated run-ins with the law. The events led Smith to explore King’s life as the basis for a one-man show.

In addition to starring in “Rodney King,” Smith also serves as an executive producer. Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson are producing for Luna Ray Media and Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick DePeters are executive producing for Buffalo 8 Productions.

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  1. mayorcooley says:

    Oh how blissful it must feel inside of that ignorant little bubble. Spike Lee has merely recorded a one man show being performed all across the country. A one man show that I saw live in LA and can not wait to see on screen.

  2. Jilly says:

    Spike Lee is a dinosaur. Hasn’t had a good piece of work in 20-odd years.

  3. JD says:

    I’d be down with an actual you know movie, but this looks like some kind of spoken word thing
    And Spike hasn’t made anything good in ages

  4. Jeri says:

    Looking forward to seeing this film. The Rodney King beating and its aftermath is one of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen. It completely changed my view of humanity opening my eyes to the indescribable brutality of racism. When Mr. King pleaded for a peaceful end to the riots my heart broke again as I then witnessed what true kindness is.

  5. Jeri says:

    Looking forward to seeing this film. The Rodney King beating and its aftermath is one of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen. It completely changed my view of humanity opening my eyes to the indescribable brutality of racism. When Mr. King pleaded for a peaceful end to the riots

  6. bob wire says:

    Spikes intent, with all his movies, is to hopefully spark a Race Riot…he’s a little monster who always tells stories in his own views, not the historic one. Wonder if he’ll tell the tale of truck driver Reginald Denny and how Spikes own ilk treated him? He and they, still only see Color—-how sad. I didnt hear any mention of it in Smith’s “monologue’… Yo Spike you still on the trail of the “Feds blowing up the dams’ in New Orleans to push the “colored” out? Spike Lee is dangerous and so are his movies. Hate one sided stories, that includes yours too Smith…

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