The first trailer for Kings, starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig (two actors that don’t need an introduction), has been released by The Orchard. The Deniz Gamze Ergüven-directed film will revolve around the 1992 L.A. Riots.
Last year marked 25 years since the 1992 L.A. riots. That’s why 2017 saw films such as Gook and a number of documentaries, including LA 92 and Spike Lee’s Rodney King, looking back at the unfortunate event and how it’s still relevant to what’s occurring in the present.
Kings debuted during TIFF 2017, and The Orchard will be releasing it on April 27, 2018. From a marketing perspective, it makes sense for Kings to come out in a couple of months after the global blockbuster that’s Black Panther as well as how the actual riots occurred in April.
Here’s the official synopsis from TIFF:
Millie (Berry) is a hardworking single mom with a soft spot for strays. When Kings begins, she already has eight children living in her house and will soon bring home another. Her neighbor Obie (Craig) is the local loose cannon, and the only white man in an area largely inhabited by African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans. With racial tensions running dangerously high, Millie and Obie would appear to be unlikely allies. Yet following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, these two must navigate the gathering chaos in the city to bring Millie’s kids home safely.
Check out the trailer for Kings. The story looks like one that’s going to pull at your heartstrings.
The supporting cast includes Lamar Johnson, Quartay Denaya, Reece Cody, Lewis T. Powell, and Lorenz Arnell. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, a Turkish-French film director, has been wanting to make Kings for years. She’s known for her Academy Award-nominated film Mustang. The acting showcased in the trailer looks impressive, but let’s see if the director’s ‘outsider’ perspective will be received well by the audience.
I’m really looking forward to a watching a Halle Berry film that’ll make use of her acting chops. Halle recently signed with WME. Here’s to hoping she’ll announce new projects soon.
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