Beast Universal Pictures has revealed the official for Beast, a new film starring Idris Elba (The Suicide Squad) where he plays a father who is cornered, along with his two teenage daughters, by a huge lion who tries to show that the jungle it only has one top predator.
Beast plot introduces us to Dr. Nate Daniels (Elba), a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he met his wife, on a trip he had been planning for some time with his daughters to a hunting area controlled by Martin Battles. , an old family friend and wildlife biologist.
But what begins as a journey of healing turns into a terrifying struggle for survival when a lion, who has escaped bloodthirsty poachers and now sees all humans as the enemy, begins to stalk them.
Iyana Halley (The Hate U Give) and Leah Sava Jeffries (Empire) are set to play 18-year-old Meredith and 13-year-old Norah, Daniels' daughters. While Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays Martin Battles.
Baltasar Kormákur (Everest) is directing the script from Ryan Engle (Rampage), based on an original story by Jaime Primak Sullivan. Will Packer serves as producer.
British actor Idris Elba is used to being a hero in his action movies, but in his new work, "Beast", he is the complete opposite: a normal, vulnerable, non-combatant guy who just wants to protect his family from a lion. deadly in South Africa.
Elba stars as Nate Samuels, a doctor dealing with the death of his ex-wife who goes with his teenage daughters to a wildlife preserve, but the journey takes a terrifying turn when the threat of a lone lion attacks all humans, regardless. distinction, in revenge for poaching.
In a round table with different media, the actor assures that one of the reasons that encouraged him to work on the project, directed by the filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, was that the protagonist "is not an action hero, nor a superstar, He doesn't even have a gun."
"It was exciting for me to portray a character that doesn't have the tropes around action heroes that we usually see in movies," he elaborates.
Kormákur, for his part, praised the actor's dramatic ability to be "very vulnerable" and create "chemistry" with his daughters on screen, but also be "brave": "You need a person with great charisma to do it, and he had the perfect balance."
Elba adds that the survival film goes beyond the "man versus beast" genre thanks to several contradictory components and dilemmas, as it addresses issues such as loss of a loved one, family protection and environmental conservation.
The lion, which is presented as a beast of enormous size thanks to computer-generated images, is an animal "that human beings have put in a hurry, something that is based on some realities in that part of the world," he says. Elba.
"There is symmetry between the man and the lion. They are connected by grief, loss, separation and despair, they both feel that. We didn't want to just demonize the lion and turn it into a beast: it needed to have a story, a reason, a why," he explains.
Alongside Elba are the South African actor Sharlto Copley, in the role of an old friend who works on the reserve, and the young actresses Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries as the protagonist's daughters, a job after which they highlighted that they have an almost family relationship.
The artist, who attends the media by videoconference wearing sunglasses, reflects how he has become involved in this work through a confession: he does not usually stay to watch his films after their premieres, but with "Beast" (which opens in Spain on August 12) could not resist.
“For some reason I stayed, which was torture, but I was fascinated with how we managed to bring ferocity to the lion, to the fear factor of the human character, to that mix,” says Elba, who faced some new challenges in his role, including seeing an animal where there was none.
As he recounted, he strove to make it "believable" that a "regular guy who just doesn't know how to fight" could actually punch the lion, adding, "I've fought in other movies with swords and guns and things I don't know. They were there, but this was a physical being, an animal that was literally tearing me apart."
And he concludes, half jokingly: "How scared can you be when there's a man in a gray suit with a huge head of soft material there, and you pretend it's a lion? That was a filming skill that I had to learn, not I've done it before."
Humans vs. beasts stories and movies are as primitive, exciting, and indelible…as the stories themselves. The Greek myths of Theseus against the Minotaur. Perseus against Medusa. Famous novels like Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Movies like Jaws, King Kong, Anaconda, Jurassic Park and Stephen King's Cujo.
This year will see the premiere of Beast, a survival thriller in which Idris Elba will play a subject who must face off against a lion.
The suspenseful adventure will be released by Universal Pictures and the studio unveiled the first poster for the movie at the movie industry event called CinemaCon, which is held every year in Las Vegas.
According to the synopsis, the story of the film will introduce us to a widower who travels to a reserve in South Africa with his two daughters. Along the way, his journey turns into a battle for survival after a hungry lion begins to stalk them.
Beast is directed by Baltasar Kormakur, who is known for Everest, and will hit US theaters in August this year. The script is by Ryan Engle, who previously made the pyrotechnic adaptation of the video game Rampage.
That's why when executive producer Jaime Primak Sullivan called successful producer Will Packer with the idea of making “Cujo with a Lion,” Packer immediately said yes. “I thought that was a fascinating idea,” says Will Packer. "We had to figure out what the story was going to be, who the characters were, how we were going to make it all come together, but the idea of a lion and a survival thriller totally moved me."
What begins as a journey of healing turns into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a bloodthirsty survivor of poachers who now sees all humans as enemies, begins to stalk them.
British actor Idris Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a father who returns to South Africa with his two teenage daughters, only to find themselves chased by a massive rogue lion trying to prove that the savannah has an alpha predator. This is such a ferocious creature that it has been given the nickname “El Diablo”.
But not everything is as you think, during the script development process, the team also discovered the life and death battles that lions face against poachers and introduced that narrative into the script.
“On the human front, you think of people who are stuck in an impossible situation, fighting for their lives, doing everything they can to survive this threat,” says Packer. “But it's also a self-preservation assessment of the lion. When hunters forcefully separate alpha lions by killing other members of their pride, they create rogue lions. So this movie is also a taste of what happens when a rogue lion finds out who the real enemy is: humans themselves."
Idris Elba's film career is impressive. Since he has participated in 4 great sagas such as Marvel Studios as Heimdall, DC Comics as Bloodsport, Star Trek as Krall and Fast & Furious as Brixton. But also, he will now star in the movie The Beast and in a recent interview, he has revealed interesting details about his future.
Ever since James Gunn's Suicide Squad (2021) was released, many fans have been calling for a solo spin-off of Idris Elba's Bloodsport. Since the character was very charismatic, he wasn't quite a villain and has tremendous potential for any action story. But in addition, the actor himself is eager to repeat. This has been revealed by Erik Davis.
This is great news, although for now we will have to wait for more details. But it has already been speculated on occasion that we could see Idris Elba's Bloodsport alongside Will Smith's Deadshot, which would be a real hit!.
This film focuses on a father (Idris Elba) who travels to Africa with his daughters. What should have been a peaceful walk through the savannah turns into a nightmare when a huge lion tries to eat everyone. Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries also stand out in the cast.
In addition, we will also be able to see the actor reprise the role of John Luther in the film based on the prestigious Luther series. Not forgetting that he could be the next James Bond, although he does commit to DC Comics for something very big, he may have to pass up the opportunity to play the most famous secret agent in cinema.
Idris Elba goes from movie to movie. Nothing and less the actor, along with Tilda Swinton, has screened Three thousand years waiting for you at the Cannes Film Festival under the orders of George Miller, father of the Mad Max saga. And not only that, but it also comes from the release of Sonic 2, the movie getting into the skin of Knuckles by lending his voice.
Now we receive a first image of the actor's next great feature film: Beast, a work in which he will face a lion in a fight for the survival of the strongest. It is not that the film directed by Baltasar Kormákur is among the most sought after or expected of this 2022, but what it raises can make you change your mind.
Doctor Nate Samuels travels to South Africa to visit an animal reserve with his daughters. A healing journey to get over the recent loss of his wife. But everything gets complicated when a lion, who has escaped from poachers, begins to follow them. He begins the fight for survival. A very interesting synopsis, everything is said, that will transport Idris Elba to the most primitive impulses to be able to survive this beast of nature.
The film has a very close release, landing on August 19 in North American theaters. In our territory, unfortunately, there is still no release date for the film and it may go directly to streaming, although we hope it can be seen on the big screen. It is distributed by Universal and Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries will complete the cast.
For the other Elba film mentioned, Three thousand years waiting for you, we do have a release date in Spain: September 2. Day in which, by the way, we will also have the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video.