Red Crown Productions has reportedly set 40 year old Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel, “Beasts of No Nation”.
The story writen by 30 year old Sociologist, Physician (graduated from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, class of 2011) and Critically acclaimed Havard Magma Cum Laude Graduate (in English, American Literature and Language in 2004) Uzodinma, son of Nigeria’s Female Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (also a Harvard graduate) follows 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, he must also endure 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 alongside Red Crown Productions’ Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker, Parliament Of Owls’ Cary Fukunaga and Primary Productions principal Amy Kaufman. Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson will serve as executive producers of the movie funded by Red Crown.
Beasts Of No Nation was packaged by WME Global, which arranged the financing and will make the domestic deal while IM Global’s specialty label Acclaim will make international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. While Fukunaga has helmed Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre and is currently helming the HBO series True Detective, Elba is really hitting stride by reprising his title role in a new season of Neil Cross’ celebrated detective series “Luther”, which premieres on BBC America in September, plays Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”, which The Weinstein Company will release in November and is coming off the Guillermo del Toro-directed “Pacific Rim”, which is approaching the
$400 million mark in worldwide gross.
“We fell in love with Iweala’s powerful
narrative and Idris and Cary are a tremendous pairing,” said Red Crown Productions partner Lundberg. Fukunaga stated: “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.”
Both Elba and Fukunaga are repped by WME and managed by Anonymous Content. Elba is also with Headshell Management and Roger Charteris at UK-based Ken McReddie. Fred
Toczek is his attorney while Fukunaga’s
attorney is Michael Adler.
I so can’t wait to see the movie…..