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Production Begins on Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut ‘YARDIE’

May 16, 2017

Yardie Idris Elba

Production has officially begun on Idris Elba’s upcoming directorial debut YARDIE, which will take in London and Jamaica for seven weeks.

StudioCanal has also released the first official film from the set, which features Elba directing star Aml Ameen as a young Jamaican named “D” who arrives in London in the early 1980s and unexpectedly discovers the man who assassinated his revered brother in Jamaica a decade earlier. When his quest for justice explodes into a violent street war, he puts both himself and the lives of his loved ones in peril.

Elba said:

“I am interested in making human stories with characters that are either, full of grace or flawed. In YARDIE, the audience will see a film that hopefully means something to the people. I’m honored to be able to shoot it in my hometown of London and as a guest in Jamaica.”

Based on the 1992 debut novel by Jamaican born British writer Victor Headley, the film was adapted by Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman.

Stephen Graham will also star. The film will also introduce Jamaican newcomers Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd and Everaldo Creary as Jerry Dread.

Robin Gutch and Gina Carter for Warp Films will produce. It is co-financed by StudioCanal, the BFI, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire. Universal Music is also a partner, with its Island Records label set to release the soundtrack.

Elba will also executive produce alongside Dan MacRae and Danny Perkins for StudioCanal; Mary Burke and Ben Roberts for the BFI; Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films; Hugo Heppell for Screen Yorkshire; and Mark Herbert for Warp Films.

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