Oh yes. Idris Elba doesn’t only appear on-screen or on a turntable (as DJ Big Driis) but he also works behind the scene as an executive producer and now a director.
With the assistance of Rialto Pictures, the crime-drama film Yardie will be released to theaters in America on March 15th. Based off the 1992 novel by Victor Headley, the film explores Jamaican-British culture.
The movie takes in place in Kingston, Jamaica and Hackney, London during 70s’ and 80s’ and centered around a young Jamaican man named D who has never recovered from the murder of his older brother. Eventually, he gets involved in the world of crime with a Kingston music producer until he moves to London and rekindles his relationship with a woman who is also the mother of his child.
Although the Golden Globe-winning actor is of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian descent, he is very enthusiastic about this upcoming flick and it’s relatable themes.
"It falls in line with a very specific Afro-Caribbean experience by the way of Kingston, Jamaica and East London, but plays right into the heart of the universal human experience of loss and trauma," Elba explains to Deadline.
“My work as an actor both in the UK and the U.S. informed every decision I made as a director and my love of music give this film a pulse I know they will feel in Brooklyn.”
Elba’s directing credits include K. Michelle’s television’s musical Rebellious Soul: The Musical and two episodes of the British TV program Playhouse Presents.
Check out the trailer below.
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