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Idris Elba War Drama 'Beasts Of No Nation' To Debut On Netflix In October

The Idris Elba-starring film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s 'Beasts of No Nation' will premiere on Netflix this October.


Netflix has just announced that Beasts Of No Nation, a forthcoming West African war drama starring Idris Elba, is to be the first release from its growing roster of original feature films. Written and directed by Emmy Award-winning True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, the film was recently acquired by the global streaming platform for $12 million. According to Shadow and Act, Beasts Of No Nation will make its global streaming debut on October 16, 2015. Despite an early boycott by major theater chains, the film will also premiere in selects theaters across the U.S. that same day.

Beasts Of No Nation is the screen adaptation of Nigerian writer and Ventures Africa editor-in-chief Uzodinma Iweala’s critically acclaimed debut novel. Published in 2005, Iweala’s Beasts Of No Nation (which takes its name from the 1989 record from Fela Kuti) presents a first-person narrative account of a young boy named Agu (portrayed in the film by Abraham Attah) who is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters when civil war engulfs his (unnamed) West African country. Elba portrays the brutal Commandant who recruits Agu, and will also serve as producer on the project in conjunction with Red Crown Productions.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

Nigerian star Simi talks about the successes & risks of this year, her thoughts on the #EndSARS protests, and how her husband, Adekunle Gold, inspired Restless II.

Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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