He can be seen fleetingly in Marvel’s latest film Thor: The Dark World, but Idris Elba will now get the chance to lead a feature of his own. Variety reports that Elba is set to star in the international thriller Bastille Day for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content. Penned by Andrew Baldwin, the story revolves around “a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy ‘disappear’ in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.” Unsurprisingly, the operative soon realizes that the boy is innocent after a string of other attacks ensue, and the two must work together to find out who is orchestrating the destruction.
Taken helmer Pierre Morel was previously attached to direct but he has subsequently fallen off the project. Producers are currently looking for a director to take the helm. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi’s next film.
Additionally, The Wrap reports that Catherine Keener and newcomer Travis Trope have joined the cast of director Sacha Gervasi’s adaptation of the murder mystery novel November Criminals. The story takes place in Washington D.C. and revolves around a rebellious teenager who takes it upon himself to lead the investigation into the murder of a classmate. Trope will play the lead role in the film as the rebellious teenager opposite the previously cast Chloe Grace Moretz, while Keener will play Moretz’s mother.
Gervasi rewrote the script that was initially penned by Steven Knight and is currently looking to cast the role of Moretz’s mother. Trope will make his feature debut in the upcoming remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown.