The first trailer for Idris Elba's directorial debut Yardie has arrived, and it's loaded with action. The film was at both Sundance and Berlin Film Festival this year, and is scheduled for a theatrical release later this year. No word on whether or not it'll come to America though, as current distribution only talks about the UK. Check out the synopsis for the film and continue reading:
Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).
Early reviews of this film that I've seen were not positive, which is disappointing because the trailer looks solid, but maybe a mass audience will have a different perspective. You can read our review for it here, Bryan actually loved it. He said:
"Sincerity, Passion, and Heartbreak are all very present in this amazing film. I absolutely love this film. Although Idris Elba, himself, doesn't appear in it, you can feel his presence throughout. Each of the actors have that calm, cool, stoic demeanor he is known for. It's remarkable. It had great cinematography and sublime acting. I especially thought the story was done in such a creative and interesting way."
Check out the trailer below, and the poster for the film and let us know what you think: