Netflix has released the first trailer for Rodney King, the Spike Lee-directed taping of Roger Guenveur Smith’s acclaimed and frequently sold out one-man show.
“Before you know it, you’re the first reality TV star,” intones Roger Guenveur Smith. The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28, an airing to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of LAPD officer Stacey Koon and three other LAPD officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991.
The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, California, 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, in which a distraught King asked plaintively, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?” King drowned in 2012.
Check it out below.