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Idris Elba Unleashes His Southern Psychopathic Self on Taraji P. Henson in 1st Trailer for 'No Good Deed'

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 12, 2014 3:58 PM
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No Good Deed

I started to get worried when, last fall, for a 3rd time, Sony/Screen Gems pushed back the release date for the Will Packer-produced thriller "No Good Deed'" which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson.

Initially set for an October 18, 2013 theatrical debut, the film's release date was moved to January 17, 2014. That was then followed by another push-back, when its premiere date was moved from January 17, 2014 to April 25, 2014.

And then the studio, once again, moved the film's release date, pushing it back by another 5 months, to September 12, 2014, which is where it currently stands. I don't expect that the date will be moved again, with September just 3 months away.

Reasons for all the date shifting? That's above my pay-grade, unfortunately, folks, so I'm useless here!

All I can do is speculate since I don't have a direct (or even an indirect) line to Screen Gems brass.

Even though this many moves typically suggests danger to me, I will posit that, the most recent shift could be due to the other films that were scheduled to open on the previously-set April 2014 date - films whose release dates weren't set at the time that the push-back from January to April, 2014 was made public. Studios have to ensure that their films are given the best placement, to put them in a position to do well.

But Will Packer certainly knows his audience, and how to reach them, as he's proven with past films - most recently "Think Like A Man" and "Ride Along," which were both immensely successful for the studios releasing them, so maybe there's nothing to be concerned with here.

I just hope that this isn't another "We The Peeples," which Lionsgate pushed back about the same number of times, before finally settling on a date and sticking to it - something that I believe hurt the film at the box office.

"No Good Deed," which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, centers on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Henson), kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, after his car runs off the road nearby. The below trailer gives us more background on Elba's character, which sets up the events that follow.

Mexican starlet, and the reigning queen of telenovelas, Kate del Castillo and Henry Simmons, round out the film's starring cast.

Sam Miller ("Luther") directed "No Good Deed" from a script by Aimee Lagos ("96 Minutes").

Check out the intense first trailer for the film below; based on what I see here, I say that Mr Elba should consider playing more villains:

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  • Donella | June 16, 2014 12:28 PMReply

    I'm gonna watch Idris be BAAAAD!

  • h | June 14, 2014 5:49 PMReply


    Deniro's southern accent in Cape Fear was laughable. Robert Mitchum was perfection in the original. Elba will make a great villain.

  • niksmit | June 14, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    After watching this trailer and pondering my own lack of desire to see this movie, I have two possible and plausible reasons why this movie was pushed back: Jonathan Ferrell and Renisha McBride.

  • CAP1956 | June 14, 2014 10:51 AMReply

    So tired of the cliché of transporting an extremely dangerous criminal in a van, with the prisoner only in handcuffs, with only one guard. Give me a break!
    Despite this, the trailer makes the film look suspenseful and intense. Idris appears to make a great villain. This is a nice change of pace for him---from Mandela to psychopath! Taraji invests every role with earnestness and "realness". It's always great seeing her with a meaty part. Looking forward to seeing the film!

  • Ava | June 13, 2014 9:32 PMReply

    Kind of reminds me a little of the 1991 version of Cape Fear, except DeNiro did a better Southern accent. Idris Elba does have other things in his favor in this movie, however. Like that shower scene. At the risk of sounding inappropriate...hubba hubba!

  • Elba's #1 fan | June 13, 2014 9:14 PMReply

    There is no comparison to This actor, regardless of the storyline, trust me. If you've seen this man in anything other than "Obsession", you'd know he's BRILLIANT!!!!!!

  • Dee | June 13, 2014 4:44 PMReply

    Looks interesting enough! Will check it out. I am into psycho-thriller fan.

  • Darrell Hines | June 13, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    Cool, can't wait to check it out!

  • Michele | June 13, 2014 9:49 AMReply

    Looks like a fun B movie I will def check it out.

  • Nikki | June 12, 2014 10:25 PMReply

    Idris Elba alone can make me pay to see any movie! Even if the subjects already been done.

  • Miles Ellison | June 12, 2014 9:53 PMReply

    This looks a lot like Never Talk to Strangers from 1995. Or Enough from 2002. Or Unlawful Entry from 1992. Or Because I Love You without the stripping.

  • stp | June 13, 2014 3:22 PM

    Or Labor Day....keep recycling those old ideas!

  • Vanessa Martinez | June 13, 2014 10:31 AM

    Or "Extremities".

  • Thabo Thanduxolo | June 12, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    Not Mandela! noooooooo lol

  • Greg. | June 12, 2014 5:33 PMReply

    I'm getting serious deja vu from that Beyonce scorned woman movie, the name escapes me.

  • Vanessa Martinez | June 12, 2014 4:49 PMReply

    HA! Can't wait to see this. I hope it's good! I'm ready!

  • LeonRaymond | June 12, 2014 4:31 PMReply

    Whoa, was that a Southern accent, I could not tell in this trailer

  • Darkan | June 12, 2014 4:19 PMReply

    He just can't get the southern accent right to save his life. Just let him do his voices in his natural voice. Second accent strike. Prometheus was the 1st. Smdh.

  • khia213 | June 12, 2014 4:08 PMReply

    I'd go see it just for that shower scene.

  • Millicent Valledares | June 12, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Mirale! idrisa es lindisimo!! I cannot wait for this movie to drop..looks good!

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