Halle Berry and James Bond have met before, of course—in that memorable scene from Die Another Day where her character Jinx surfaces from the sea in front of Pierce Brosnan. Today’s news (June 29) heralds the first time she’s worked alongside his current incarnation.
Deadline is reporting that Daniel Craig is set to join her on Kings, a movie set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions in Los Angeles during the 1992 trial of four police officers accused of using excessive force against Rodney King.
Craig will play Ollie, a loner and one of the only white residents of South Central L.A., who befriends Berry’s character, a tough, protective mother who’s secretly in love with him. When the city erupts into six days of violence following the trial’s verdict, the pair try to track down Berry’s character’s children and keep them safe.
Kings is the first English-language film by director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for her debut Mustang.
Talks are still ongoing with Daniel Craig, whose apparently dwindling commitment to Bond means the U.K.’s finest actors are reportedly once again vying for the role.
The producers behind Kings had better hurry up, though, if they want to get in there first. That’s because there are not one but two other movies about the L.A. riots currently in the works: an unnamed feature written and directed by John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe, and another called April 29, 1992 (the date the riots began) being developed by iNumber Number director Donovan Marsh.Read More