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Hollywood actor Idris Elba is set to appear as a lead actor in a Nollywood (Nigerian movies) production.
The Nollywood film is a movie adaptation of the novel Beast of No Nation, whose author is Uzodinma Iweala, whose only claim to fame is being the son to Nigeria’s economy minister. The novel is about the travails of a young boy who joins a band of mercenaries when war breaks out in his West African nation. His father dies, and his mother and sister disappear, while he is plunged into a life of brutality and violence. He befriends a mute and the pair faces off all the challenges that come with war.
Idris will take the role of the commander of the mercenaries, and will also be involved in the production roles for the film.
The production is being funded by Red Crown Productions, a New York-based company.
Slightly over 2 years ago, the actor criticized Nigerian movies for lacking continuity, and having other issues, though he admitted to watching them, albeit under “duress”, so his coming to feature in a Nollywood set seems like a quirk of fate.
Idris, who is 40-years-old, started his acting career while in high school. He has over the years been featured in films and TV series from his native Britain and lately, Hollywood productions. The movies and series he has starred in include: Law & Order, The Wire, The Office, Luther, Daddy’s Little Girls, Takers, Losers, Prometheus, and Pacific Rim. His latest movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is a biography about South Africa’s Nelson Mandela’s journey from a rural upbringing to his election to the presidency after the fall of apartheid. The movie is in the post-production stage, and will be released next year.
Idris has also won a BET Award, a Black Reel Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
By Matengo Chwanya