Actor Idris Elba poses at the after party for the premiere of The Weinstein Company's "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" at The Warwick on November 11, 2013 in Los Angeles

Actor Idris Elba poses at the after party for the premiere of The Weinstein Company’s “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” at The Warwick on November 11, 2013 in Los Angeles

*Idris Elba, currently generating awards buzz with his starring turn in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” is set to star in “Bastille Day,” from Vendome and Anonymous Content, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The story follows a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.

The project is not Elba’s next movie as it’s still in development. “Bastille” currently has no director, although Pierre Morel and Baran bo Odar were previously attached.

Elba, who just received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Humanitarian Award this past weekend, recently wrapped “The Gunman,” the Sean Penn action vehicle being produced by Silver Pictures.