Idris Elba Will Defend Paris in ‘Bastille Day’

By November 12, 2013

Idris Elba

Normally, a project that centers on a covert operative who discovers that the mission he is on is not the one he thought it was sounds like some pretty standard fare, but once you throw Idris Elba into the mix, even something that cliché suddenly seems brilliant.

Such is the case with Bastille Day (yes, it even includes an SNL-ish holiday title that’s sort of funny and also sort of wacky – can’t you just see the poster already?), the Andrew Baldwin-penned thriller that has just nabbed the Luther and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star for one of its leading roles.


Variety reports that Elba is set to star in the film, which reportedly “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. After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.” You can almost picture the pair running through the streets of Paris right now.

The film is currently without a director, but the addition of a rising name like Elba should certainly put some heat on the project and get that sewn up quickly. It also sounds like Bastille Day has a need for a younger rising star to play the American boy, a role that could be a real treat and career booster for whoever is set to fill it. How about Tye Sheridan?

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Kate Erbland
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