*Netflix has released the first trailer for Netflix’s “Rodney King,” Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show about the man whose police beating sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Smith’s performance retraces the racially-charged sequence of events between the police beating and the deadly uprising. Spike Lee filmed a performance last year for the film, which Netflix will make available on April 28.
On April 28, 1992, the acquittals of the four officers accused of beating Rodney King sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.
The trailer also explores that role King played in ending the rioting, thanks to an interview he gave on May 1, 1992, the third day of the disruptions. A clearly distraught King asked plaintively, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?”
King died in 2012 by drowning, following a lifetime of battling alcohol and drug abuse and repeated run-ins with the law. The events led Smith to explore King’s life as the basis for a one-man show.
In addition to starring in “Rodney King,” Smith also serves as an executive producer.
Watch the trailer below: