*Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct “Beasts of No Nation,” an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel, reports Deadline.com.
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 Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well.
Fukunaga has helmed “Jane Eyre” and “Sin Nombre” and is currently directing the HBO series “True Detective.”
Elba will next be seen reprising his title role in a new season of “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.