The jury is still out on whether Idris Elba is “too street” to play James Bond, but he seems perfect as an African warlord in Beasts of No Nation, from True Detective season one director Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The project went way over budget (among other disasters), and then Netflix paid $12 million to distribute it, so clearly they have high hopes.
And looking at the trailer, you can see why. It follows Agu, a child soldier in an unnamed African country (and probably doesn’t need much more explaining than that) and it looks like it was worth every tropical disease and parasite Cary Fukunaga contracted in Ghana. All that suffering and kidney damage was surely a small price to keep me entertained while I sit in my couch eating fried foods I ordered from the internet. Ah, what a time to be alive.