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Idris Elba To Helm New Adaptation of 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' With Netflix

Elba will be director, producer, star, and music director, is there anything he can't do?

We all remember the Disney childhood classic film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the dark, romantic animated film based off of the novel written by French author Victor Hugo. For Idris Elba to be at the wheel of yet another film adaptation of the classic novel is a welcome surprise.

The actor is set to produce and star in the film, and he's also producing the soundtrack. Idris will take on the role of protagonist Quasimodo.


It's hard to believe the actor is human with all that he has going on right now. He is also the creator, executive producer, and lead actor in several other film and TV projects. The untitled adaptation will be yet another major project with Netflix alongside his series, Turn Up Charlie, which is currently in pre-production.

As reported by Hollywood Reporter, Elba will be working with screenwriter Michael Mitnick (The Giver, The Current War) on the production. Although plot details remain sparse, a quick examination of Mitnick's writing shows that the film will likely deal with themes about identity, love and hope with societal commentary like many of his other works, and we're guessing the film will have a fresh, modern take with Elba being involved.

Although Elba can do nearly all things, one big question remains: is he going to pass as Quasimodo?

Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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Sho Madjozi Drops New Upbeat Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi drops her latest mixtape 'What A Life' featuring Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi and many more.

Sho Madjozi has released her latest mixtape titled What A Life. This is the second official release from the artist following her wildly successful 2018 debut album, Limpopo Champions League. The South African "John Cena" hitmaker has come back with a banging nine-track project. Sho Madjozi's What A Life which is a compilation of bangers with some of her own favourite South African artists. Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi, DJ Mfundhisi, Sunglen Chabalala and Russian Army feature on the mixtape. This mixtape drops just a few months after Sho Madjozi signed a major deal with American record label, Epic Records.

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Watch Kizz Daniel's Latest 'Boys Are Bad' Music Video

Kizz Daniel drops the visuals for 'Boys Are Bad' which features on his third studio album, 'King of Love'.

Nigerian artist Kizz Daniel has dropped the sexy visuals for his hit single "Boys Are Bad" which features on his third studio album, King of Love. The Afropop hitmaker recently shared news of the vibrant song's visuals on social media. The brief but undeniably alluring music video is treated with an array of mellow colours which collectively set the tone for a laid-back atmosphere. According to PulseNG, Kizz Daniel has created a "captivating and groovy dancehall video" for "Boys Are Bad".

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Netflix Cancels Second Season of 'Queen Sono' Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Netflix has reportedly cited filming challenges that have been brought on by the pandemic as the reason for their decision to cancel the second season of the spy-thriller series, 'Queen Sono'.