Writer/director Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation will debut worldwide on Netflix later this year in addition to screening simultaneously in a limited number of theaters. Idris Elba stars in and was involved as a producer, along with Kukunaga, Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown, on the dramatic film based on Uzodinma Iweala’s critically acclaimed novel. The cast also features newcomer Abraham Attah.
“Beasts of No Nation is a powerful film that unfolds beautifully in the hands of director Cary Fukunaga with Idris Elba delivering a career-defining performance,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are so proud to bring a film of this caliber exclusively to Netflix members around the world at the same time as it appears in select theaters.”
The film stars Attah as Agu, “a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.” Elba plays Commandant, “a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.”
“Making this film has been one of the most profound professional experiences of our careers. Everyone, from Cary to our production assistants, sacrificed so much to make this film authentically in West Africa, where Uzo’s story was set,” said Daniela Taplin Lundberg, co-founder, Red Crown Productions. “To know that this harrowing and beautiful movie is going to reach the more than 50 million people within Netflix’s reach is beyond our wildest dreams. The Netflix team is bold and has the same pioneering spirit about distribution that I like to think we had about making the film in the jungles of Ghana. We could not be happier about this partnership.”
-By Rebecca Murray
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