The amount of fucks that Daniel Craig gives (none) has been well documented over the past couple years. After Spectre, he said he’d rather slash his wrists with glass than make another James Bond movie, and he certainly had zero fucks to give about who might play Bond after him. His fucks cannot be bought either. It’s safe to bet Craig doesn’t give a fuck about Tom Hiddleston or even Hiddleswift (which would make a very good name for a future Bond villain—not that Craig would give a fuck about that). All Craig wants to do is non-Bond movies, and according to Deadline, he has taken on another role that doesn’t involve black turtlenecks or martinis, joining Halle Berry—who is also out of the Bond game—in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s upcoming L.A. riots drama Kings.
The project marks Ergüven’s English-language debut, and is set in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. The policemen who beat King, a taxi driver, were all acquitted despite copious evidence—including video footage—of their brutality. Craig will play Ollie, a loner living in South Central who befriends a tough mother (Berry) looking after a group of kids. Together, they try to track down and protect her kids as the uprising gathers momentum. Apparently, they also fall in love or something. Ergüven’s Mustang similarly mixed levity with visceral emotion, so maybe it will work. Deadline notes that this has been a dream project of Ergüven’s ever since she graduated from the renowned French Fémis film school. Mustang, her directorial debut, was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the 2016 Academy Awards.