First look at Idris Elba as an African warlord in Beasts of No Nation trailer

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Idris Elba gets vicious in first Beasts of No Nation trailer.

The first trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming Beasts of No Nation is an emotional, intense look into the life of an African child soldier that ends with Idris Elba’s character forcing the little boy to make a choice: kill the man in front of him who possibly killed his family — or let him escape with his life.The first teaser trailer for “Beasts of No Nation,” the next film from Emmy-winning “True Detective” season one director Cary Fukunaga, is as intense as expected.The Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, will debut theatrically in Landmark Theaters in 19 markets the same day it debuts on the streaming service in October.Cary Fukunaga burst onto the independent cinema scene in 2009 with his striking debut and immigration drama “Sin Nombre.” He’s made several celebrated films since and of course really cemented his auteur status by directing the entire first season of “True Detective.” But one of the first projects he announced after Focus Features and Universal signed him up for a big three picture deal in the wake of the critical “Sin Nombre” buzz was a little project called “,” based on the book by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala.

The film is being touted as the first Netflix original movie and tells the story of a boy named Agu in a pocket of West Africa torn apart by civil war who is forced to become a child soldier. As Agu hesistates, Elba’s warlord gets impatient, haranguing and kicking the boy to do his work until he apparently snaps – and the footage cuts out.

Elba is best known for star-making turns as a drug-dealer in US TV series the Wire and as troubled cop John Luther, but this latest role appears to be the most sinister to date. In a partnership with distribution company Bleecker Street and the Landmark Theatres chain, Netflix will distribute the film to 19 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit and St.

A major bidding war broke out for the film last year, and in a very aggressive move, Netflix won the rights to the film reportedly spending $12 million to outshine all the other studios. Beasts, it was announced earlier this week, has been selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, setting it up to become part of the season’s awards conversation. Fans keen to see more will have to make sure they have a Netflix account – the film will be debuting on the video-on-demand service, with only a limited cinematic release. 14/30.

The contestants expect an extravagant party on the final night, which is hosted by Carl and Brian, before the winners of the £1,000 prize are announced. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media; Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films; Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall are executive producers for New Balloon; and Bill Benenson, Laura Bickford and Todd Courtney are also executive producers.

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