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

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 27, 2014 7:36 PM
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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.

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  • Machino | July 15, 2014 3:25 AMReply

    Fukunaga is the young director to keep an eye on. He's making a huge impact in a short time with his style of cinematography and directing . I applaud him!

  • OB Server | July 7, 2014 9:51 AMReply

    Aren't they filming this in Ghana... the place where an American is currently being tested for a suspected case of Ebola?

  • police sweater blood vow | June 29, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    You bet a movie being filmed right now will either come out this year or next year? Whoa, way to go out on a limb there!

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