According to Deadline, Daniel Craig and Halle Berry are in talks to star in Deniz Gamze Eruven's Kings, a thriller set against the backdrop of the 1992 L.A. riots. The film will mark Eruven's English-language debut, following last year's Oscar-nominated Mustang.
Here's what it's about:
The project is set against a backdrop of rising tensions in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. Craig will play Ollie, a loner who lives in South Central — one of its only white residents — who befriends Berry’s character, a tough, protective mother who looks after a group of kids. When the riots explode in the city, Craig’s character helps Berry, who is secretly in love with him, try and track down the kids from the worst of the violence.
Eruven's film isn't the only L.A. riots film in development. As pointed out by Coming Soon, John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) is gearing up to direct his own script about the event, and just last year we heard that Ice Cube and his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., were interested in joining another L.A. riots-themed project, Donovan Marsh's April 29, 1992 (Cube later denied that anything was set in stone).
Nothing's been signed just yet, but Deadline says the project is being shopped around as we speak. Stay tuned for more on Kings as it becomes available.