Street Kings, Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Jay Mohr, John Corbett
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Jay Mohr, John Corbett, Cedric the Entertainer, Naomi Harris, Amaury Nolasco, Common and The Game
Directed by: David Ayer
Screenplay by: James Elroy, David Ayer
Release Date: April 11th, 2008
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and pervasive language.
Box Office: $12,469,631 (US total)
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
In Street Kings, a police thriller directed by David Ayer, Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews).
A huge fan of award-winning crime-writer James Ellroy, producer Erwin Stoff came across the script for STREET KINGS as a potential project for Keanu Reeves. Stoff recognized the moral relevance of the story in today's world and began searching for ways to get the movie made. "I've always been an admirer of James Ellroy's work and became completely enamored with the script," recalls Stoff. "It was the kind of movie that I love and thought it would make a phenomenal film."
To help foster the development of the project, Stoff brought producer Lucas Foster on board, knowing his experience with numerous large-scale action movies and personal interest in the culture of law enforcement would benefit the project. Originally a period piece set in post-Rodney King Los Angeles, the producing team began to re-conceptualize the film in a contemporary setting while keeping the general thematics of the story in line with Ellroy's original vision.
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