Netflix’s first original film starring Idris Elba to be shown in select UK cinemas

'Beasts Of No Nation' will open in select UK cinemas a week before it launches on Netflix

Netflix has announced that its first original film, Beasts Of No Nation, will be shown in select UK cinemas shortly before it launches online.

Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre),
Beasts Of No Nation is a war drama based on the acclaimed 2005 novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. It will open in select Curzon Cinemas across the UK on October 9 – the day after it premieres at the BFI London Film Festival.

The film, which stars Idris Elba and Ghanaian newcomer Abraham Attah, will then launch on Netflix on October 16.

Beasts Of No Nation received overwhelmingly positive reviews after being shown at recent film festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. At Venice, Abraham Attah won the Marcello Mastroianni Young Actor Award for his performance as Agu, a child soldier in an unnamed West African country forced to join a unit of mercenaries led by Idris Elba’s sadistic leader, who is known only as “the commandant”.

Other Netflix original films due to launch on the streaming service in the coming months include The Ridiculous Six, a spoof western starring Adam Sandler which is scheduled for December, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend, which is expected in early 2016.