LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 21, 2018) (REUTERS) – British actor Idris Elba goes behind the camera for his directorial debut “Yardie”, a crime drama he says will offer young people a “perspective” on violence at a time when London is suffering from a surge in knife crime.
Based on the novel by Victor Headley, the film follows the story of D, a young Jamaican who arrives in London in the 1980s and comes across the man who, a decade earlier, killed his brother in Jamaica. Rather than abandon his life of crime, he soon sets out on a bloody quest for justice.
The film, released in UK cinemas this Friday (August 31), comes after London’s murder rate overtook that of New York for the first time earlier this year.
While there are plenty of guns, drugs and violence in the film, redemption and love are also themes.
Elba is best known for series “The Wire” and “Luther” and movies “Thor” and “Beasts of No Nation”. There has been speculation that he could take over from Daniel Craig to become the next James Bond.