Hollywood actor, Idris Elba will star in the adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s ‘Beast of No Nation’ novel. Uzodinma is the son of Nigeria’s economy minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
The novel which will be turned into a movie with funds from Red Crown Productions will see Idris Elba as lead actor, while Cary Fukunaga will direct.
Beast of No nation tells the story of the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well.
“We fell in love with Iweala’s powerful narrative and Idris and Cary are a tremendous pairing,” said Red Crown Productions partner Lundberg while the director of the novel-turned-movie, Fukunaga said: “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”.
‘Beasts Of No Nation’ which is Uzodinma’s first novel is packaged by WME Global.
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