Idris Elba to Play a Gangster Rapper in Harmony Korine's 'The Trap'

March 25, 2015
Source: THR

Idris Elba

Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the US rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here.

In addition to Elba joining the project, Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and Korine's Spring Breakers scene stealer James Franco are all in final talks to have roles in the film as well. To know their, roles, we have to get more specific about the plot as Rico (Elba) is at the top of his game, ready to head to the Grammys, when Slim (del Toro) is released after 14 years in prison. Rico's fame and fortune doesn't sit well with Slim, but it's the fact that he also married his old girlfriend and raised his son that really pisses him off. Pattinson will play a leader of a crew of surfers hired by Slim for his revenge plot, while Franco will play Rico's manager. Meanwhile, Pacino is Slim's parole officer. Count me in!

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  • I'm with you, It had me at Idris, I don't know about Pattinson, but It definitely has my interest.
  • Jordan Odinson
    Sounds like the plot of a lifetime movie, only worse.
    • C.A. Hall
      Except this is a Korine film. God blessed him with an allergy to all things Lifetimey.
  • Oblique
    Actually Sounds like Fox's "Empire" the show the movie lol. But the cast seems great so it should be good.
  • R3last
    Elba and Del Toro, okay you've piqued my interest. Pattinson and Franco...good feeling gone.
  • Efterklang
    Good cast, sounds like fun, I'm in
  • Nielsen700
    Can't wait for this. The cast sounds great, and Gummo and Spring Breakers were brilliant films.
  • Terry Craig
    Great to hear that Korine's next project is moving along. I much prefer Elba to Foxx, too, and I'm glad that Del Toro is still on board. We'll see what becomes of the rest of the cast contenders, but it seems like Korine got a taste for big names, eh.
    Sigh...I wish he would REALLY break out.




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