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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.

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Sadio Mane Ruled Out of the World Cup Through Injury

The 30-year-old forward Sadio Mané was earlier scheduled to join Senegal's squad for the World Cup.

Just last week, news broke that Sadio Mane would be joining his squad in Qatar for the World Cup, but due to his leg injury, that will no longer happen.

The BBC reports that, after an MRI scan was completed on Thursday, medical professionals determined that further surgical intervention is needed on Mane's injury.

On Friday (November 11th), it was announced that Mane will be on the Senegal team for the World Cup in Qatar, despite the fact he suffered recent injuries while playing against SV Werder Bremen in Germany. Mane had an injury that caused damage to his right fibula.

The star Senegalese footballer, who is 30, made headlines earlier this year for kicking his team to the Africa Cup of Nations. He also had a decisive penalty kick for the World Cup qualification, and is considered one of the most prolific African players of all time. Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé, who previously named Mane among the 26-man squad that would represent Senegal, had said he was confident that Mane could recover from his injuries in time to play at the tournament.

At the time, Cissé had also shared that the chosen players were selected because they were in line with the team's principles.

"The players chosen correspond with our vision and philosophy. They are competitors of a high level," Cissé told Al Jazeera.

Previously, Cissé had said the team sent the federation's doctor to examine Mane's leg but was informed that the star footballer would not need any surgery to recover. Cissé said he was pleased with the feedback because he would prefer to keep Mane on the team for the big game.

"That's very good news, and we now have the chance to try and get him fit for the tournament. We now have two weeks to observe and see how the injury reacts to treatment," Cissé, whose contract as a coach was extended by two years earlier this week, said. "I prefer to keep him in the squad because he is such an important part of us. We will do all in our power to ensure we can recover Mane in time to play."

In light of the recent developments, Man has been ruled out of playing the big tournament.

All You Need to Know About the African Teams at the World Cup

We break down how Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, and Tunisia's national teams are looking ahead of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

African football has come a long way.

Egypt was the first African team to ever participate in a FIFA World Cup. They did it in Italy in 1934, where they only played a game, which they lost 4-2 to Hungary. Back then, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) didn’t exist, so the Pharaohs played two qualifier games against British Palestine.

CAF was eventually formed in 1956, but the World Cup would only see another African team in Mexico 1970, when Morocco qualified. Years later, Pelé, the legendary Brazilian player, predicted that an African team would win a World Cup before the year 2000, he was mocked mercilessly. For many, it was not an unlikely outcome, it was an absurd proposition.

And yet, African footballers have become more and more often part of the footballing elite, playing in the best leagues, and becoming some of the most famous players. While, still, only European and South American teams have won World Cups.

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