See The Emotional First Teaser For Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix Film, ‘Beasts Of No …

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. 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. Fears that Netflix would only show the film on its streaming service have so far been allayed, as it has been booked in for a world premiere at the Venice film festival before a US release in October – though its simultaneous availability on VoD means that major cinema chains will boycott it. 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. Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film at 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres. “Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. 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.

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. While the country’s major theater circuits like Regal, AMC and Cinemark have policies against showing movies that are simultaneously playing on VOD or streaming services, Landmark, part of the Wagner/Cuban companies co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, has shown a willingness to book movies also appearing online and on cable.

It will go head to head with other awards hopeful, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” Guillermo del Toro’s horror pic “Crimson Peak” and the family film “Goosebumps,” on October 16. 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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