There are few artists I will follow into oblivion anymore, but Idris Elba is certainly one of them. After all, the man crafted one of the most iconic TV characters in the medium's history with The Wire's Stringer Bell, and has only since continued to be the most interesting part of any picture he appears in. That monologue at the end of Molly's Game last year? Straight up show-stopping fire.
So, it's a no brainer that when the actor announced his directorial debut - a Jamaican crime opus called Yardie - that I'd be one of the first in line for a ticket. Now, the Sundance and Berlin Film Festival title has a trailer, and it packs a ton of action into a little over a minute of footage.
Check it out:
Yes, Mr. Elba. I am hyped for your movie. Especially once I read this synopsis:
Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).
Unfortunately, there's no US distribution yet (side note: NEON, you seen this?), but the movie will hit UK cinemas later this year.