idris elba (beasts of no nation)

*We’ve got the first look photo of Idris Elba‘s current work in progress called “Beasts of No Nation.”

He looks pretty fierce and intense, doesn’t he?

The story features a boy named Agu, who is recruited to fight in a mercenary band when his country falls into war. In the child-soldier drama, directed by Cary Fukunaga, Elba, who also is producing, stars as Commandant, whose guerrilla group young Agu is forced to join when civil war tears his family apart and militants kill his father.

Yeah, that does sound intense.

Along with directing it, Fukunaga also wrote the screenplay for “Beasts” and is shooting it in Ghana. It is based on the book, “Beasts of No Nation,” by Uzodinma Iweala.

As of this posting, there is no release date for “Beasts of No Nation.”