Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct ‘Beasts of No Nation’, an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel. Uzodinma Iweala, the son of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance Minister, depicts the travails of a child soldier in an unnamed African country.
The plot follows the journey, trials and tribulations of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Agu is faced with coping with the death of his father, the disappearance of his mother and sister coupled with the bloodshed, violence and brutality associated with war. Agu makes friends with a mute boy named ‘Strika’ and they face the crimes and hardships of war together. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well.
Idiris Elba joins Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker, Parliament Of Owls’ Cary Fukunaga and Primary Productions principal Amy Kaufman as producers on the film. Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson will serve as executive producers. Red Crown is funding the film. Elba has had a lot up his sleeves lately. He once again reprises his title role in a new season of Neil Cross’s detective series ‘Luther’, which premieres on BBC America in September, and he plays Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which The Weinstein Company releases in November. He is also coming off the Guillermo del Toro-directed ‘Pacific Rim’, which is approaching the $400 million mark in worldwide gross.
According to Red Crown Productions partner, Lundberg, “We fell in love with Iweala’s powerful narrative and Idris and Cary are a tremendous pairing”. Fukunaga added “This project has been seven years in the making, so to say I’m excited to start shooting this — and with Idris Elba as lead – would be me trying to play it cool. Red Crown has real moxie standing behind this story.”
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