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First Look: 'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Starring Idris Elba

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 27, 2014 at 7:36PM

While from a long way out, Idris Elba looked like a no brainer Oscar contender for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," when the film finally arrived to a muted response from critics and audiences, that chatter fell away. But can he get back in the Oscar mix with his next effort? Well, if it's done in time, we think "Beasts Of No Nation" could be both a Best Picture and Best Actor contender, and a pretty fierce first image has dropped today.
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Beasts Of No Nation

While from a long way out, Idris Elba looked like a no brainer Oscar contender for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," when the film finally arrived to a muted response from critics and audiences, that chatter fell away. But can he get back in the Oscar mix with his next effort? Well, if it's done in time, we think "Beasts Of No Nation" could be both a Best Picture and Best Actor contender, and a pretty fierce first image has dropped today.

"Sin Nombre" and "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga is behind the camera on this one, an adaptation of the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, which follows Agu, a young boy forced to become a child soldier, with Elba playing The Commander who initiates Agu into his army. It's tough material and potentially a powerful story, and certainly the stuff awards seasons are made for. But will it be done in time?

Production is now underway, and we'd bet the producers will move mountains to see if Fukunaga can finish in time to make it a late entry into the Oscar game. And if not this year, we'd certainly bet next.

This article is related to: Idris Elba, Beasts Of No Nation


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