Daniel Craig set to star in LA riots film opposite Halle Berry

'Kings' makes it less likely Craig will play Bond again

Daniel Craig is in talks to star in Kings, a film about the race riots in Los Angeles in 1992.

Halle Berry has already been cast in the movie, playing a tough mother who tries to track down children caught up in the violence. According to Deadline, Craig is in negotiations to play Ollie, a loner and one of the few white people living in South Central LA, who helps Berry’s character find the children.

Kings is the first English-language film directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven, the French director whose film Mustang won the Europa Cinemas Label award at 2015’s Cannes Film Festival.

There has been speculation for months that Craig wouldn’t play James Bond again. It was reported in May that Craig was ‘done’ portraying 007, but he said yesterday (June 28) that he “doesn’t know what the future holds” for the Bond franchise.

As well as potentially starring in Kings, Craig has signed up to appear in Purity, a 20-part TV adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel. It’s being made by Showtime, whose other shows include Ray Donovan and Homeland.

The LA riots lasted six days in 1992, leading to 55 deaths after a policeman was acquitted over the killing of Rodney King, despite his death being captured on a home video camera.