First Look at Idris Elba in BEASTS OF NO NATION


Here’s a first look at the new film from “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, the feature adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala‘s 2005 novel, Beasts of No Nation, featuring Idris Elba as a tough-looking Commandant of a West African unit of guerrilla fighters.

The highly-anticipated drama is still shooting in Ghana and revolves around a young boy who is forced to join this guerrilla group when a civil war erupts in his country.

I love Idris Elba‘s work and since I finished “True Detective” I found out who Cary Fukunaga was, so I’m quite interested in this based on their presence alone.

Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) also wrote the script and is producing alongside Elba his passion project Beasts of No Nation, but we don’t know any other members of the film’s cast.

The film does not yet have a release date, but we’ll keep you updated. Get a look after the jump.

Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, which he fled just before witnessing, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started — a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact. As he vividly recalls these sunnier times, his daily reality spins further downward into inexplicable brutality, primal fear, and loss of selfhood. His relationship with his commander deepens even as it darkens, and his camaraderie with a fellow soldier lends a deceptive sense of normalcy to his experience.