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Idris Elba Looks Menacing in First Image From West Africa-Set Conflict Drama 'Beasts of No Nation'

by Sergio
June 27, 2014 7:26 PM
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Beasts of No Nation

Tambay reported about this film last month (HERE); and now here’s your first look (above) at Idris Elba in Cary Fukunaga's ("Jane Erye," HBO’s "True Detective") West Africa-set drama "Beasts of No Nation."

Based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala the film "follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country. His fledgling childhood brutally shattered by the war raging through his unnamed West African country, the boy finds himself simultaneously fascinated and revolted by the mechanics of war."

Elba stars as the Commandant, leader of the guerrilla group Agu is forced to join, when civil war tears his family apart and militants kill his father.

The novel is said to be explicit, complex, not shying away from the harsh stuff - a confrontational, immersive first-person narrative.

Wish we had more to show you, but that’s all we have for now. Just the image alone looks very intriguing. No doubt, when more images and a trailer appear, we'll have them for you ASAP.

Focus Features will release the film sometime in 2015; it's being rumored that a Cannes Film Festival premiere is being planned.

Primary Productions' Amy Kaufman will serve as co-producers on the film, joining Elba, Fukunaga and Red Crown. 

Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson will serve as executive producers. 

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  • Mark & Darla | June 28, 2014 10:14 PMReply

    Stare is priceless, something new' not the same old Denzel tight fisted jaw stare.

  • Cordell | June 28, 2014 10:59 AMReply

    I smell Oscar nomination for Idris!

  • Ya'Ke | June 28, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    I'm admittedly envious, yet excited about this project. This novel read like a film and I would have loved to direct it, but in the capable hands of Cary, I know it's going to be something special! Congrats all around, and for those that haven't read the novel, pick it up and experience it.

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