Uzodinma Iweala is the son of Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. His first novel, “Beast Of No Nation,” is being made into a film starring Hollywood actor, Idris Elba.
Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct the movie. The story 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, 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 the Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well. Elba seems to really be hitting his stride. He reprises his title role in a new season of Neil Cross’s celebrated 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’s 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:“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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