beasts-of-no-nation-idris-elba

“Agu, you are going to kill this man.”

Listening to Idris Elba say those words sends shivers down the spine.

Intense, gripping, and emotionally charged are a few words to describe this trailer that provides us a glimpse into the movie adaption of Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel, Beasts of No Nation, a war thriller about a child soldier.

With all the spine-chilling violence involving children, many people are expressing worries that the movie could be very disturbing. The life of a child solider is certainly a tough subject, but then it is one that has to be addressed.

On a lighter note, perhaps, Idris Elba’s persona and adorable accent would make up for the sadness.

This is not Elba’s first feature in an African novel adapted for the screen as he played Charlie Gotso in the Alexander McCall Smith, HBO turned series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation director, is also not new to the journey from book to screen. His 2011 retelling of Jane Eyre has been acclaimed as extraordinary.

There is no doubt that we are in good hands with this movie that is slated for release come October 2015 on Netflix and in select theaters.

Watch the trailer!

Tags: , ,

Nma rarely forgets the books she has read and attributes the reading bug to the moment she read Kofi Bentum Quantson’s two part novel, Mama Don’t Die. Ever a literary enthusiast, Nma is also a storyteller. She reveals extraordinary details in the lives of ordinary people and creates narratives for imagined stories.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

a mosaic of torn places

In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]

EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

Binya Poster_25 July 2017_final

Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher […]

On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

farah ahamed

Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of […]

On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

helen oyeyemi (1)

It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]