Scheduled to open April 11, 2008, the Keanu Reeves crime drama “The Night Watchman” has gotten a name change — “Street Kings”. Yeah, not exactly a great title; makes me think this is some kind of lame “Fast and the Furious” rip-off movie from Hong Kong or something. But you can see why they changed it. “Watchmen”, anyone?
In the film, 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 (Crews). Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlo’s supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Evans) to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice.
“Street Kings” stars Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Naomie Harris, Jay Mohr, John Corbett, Cedric the Entertainer, Amaury Nolasco, Terry Crews, Common and The Game. It is written by James Elroy and Ayer (Training Day), and is produced by Erwin Stoff, Alexandra Milchan and Lucas Foster.
Here are the first images from the movie: