LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - 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.
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 centeres on five orphaned teenage sisters in northern Turkey, was nominated earlier this year for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. It is currently in release around Australia (through both SBS Movies and Madman Films)
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.