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“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!

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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.

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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.

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