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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.

Image courtesy of Lula Ali Ismaïl

'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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"Kata" single cover.

Listen to Tekno's New Single 'Kata'

The Nigerian artist and producer returns with a melodic banger just in time for the weekend.

Nigerian artist Tekno is back with his second single of the year, "Kata."

The heavyweight artist and producer delivers a melodic track that sees him singing about his devotion to his lover over drum-filled production from Phantom. The track features subdued vocals from. the artist, and a beat that's easy to move along to. The song follows the track 'Beh Beh' which he released earlier this year.

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