Michael Beasley Joins Cast of LA Riots Film ‘April 29, 1992’

New York, NY - November 14, 2018: Michael Beasley attends the Showtime Series Premiere of Escape At Dannemora at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Michael Beasley has signed on for a role in the upcoming Los Angeles uprising thriller April 29, 1992.

The busy actor — who is best known for his roles in Showtime’s Escape From Dannemora, HBO’s Ballers and Netflix’s Bloodline — will appear in the film alongside Tyrese Gibson, Ray Liotta and Scott Eastwood, Urban Hollywood 411 has learned.

The thriller takes place on the first night of the riots and centers on a custodian who brings his son to work, when the two find themselves in the middle of a heist gone wrong. Principal photography is now underway in Bulgaria and Los Angeles.

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Per the team behind the film: Beasley plays “Joseph Francis,” a former LAPD captain who is now head of security for a factory. He hires “Mercer” (Tyrese Gibson) as part of the maintenance staff. “Joseph” and “Mercer” have a strong relationship, which fuels the centerpiece of the storyline revolving around a custodian who must save his son from an angry mob during the 1992 L.A. uprising after the Rodney King verdict.

The drama is directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) from a script written by Sascha Penn (Creed 2 and Power Book III: Raising Kanan).

Maurice Fadida of Kodiak Pictures is producing alongside Vromen. Adam Kolbrenner and Penn also serve as producers with Andreas Rommel, whose Trident Films will finance the project.

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The film is expected to arrive in theaters in time for next year’s 30th anniversary of the riots (April 29, 2022).

The 1992 Los Angeles uprising began after a jury acquitted four LAPD officers of using excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King. The unrest left more than 60 people dead.

Beasley is represented by Stewart Talent, E Cubed Management and Fox Rothschild. He will next be seen in the feature film The Royal, the upcoming Apple TV series Swagger, as well as Step It Up on Starz, and season 6 of Animal Kingdom on TNT.