First Look: Teaser Trailer for Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut ‘Yardie’

Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut

Studio Canal has released the first poster and teaser trailer for Idris Elba’s feature directorial debut, titled Yardie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival a few weeks ago.

Based on the book by Victor Headley, the film follows the story of D, a young drug courier which begins on the mean streets of Kingston, Jamaica in 1973 and concludes on the even meaner backroads of East London in the 1980s.

Check out the trailer and poster below for the crime drama starring Aml Ameen, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham.

Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut

Yardie is set for release later this year in the UK, but there’s still no word on a US release.

Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).