Idris Elba to Celebrate 'Bastille Day' in Developing CIA Action Thriller

November 12, 2013
Source: THR

Idris Elba

After seeing action this year in both Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World, British actor Idris Elba might end up getting some awards attention for his lead role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. However, he won't stay away from action for long since THR has word that Elba is set to star in Bastille Day, a CIA thriller written by Andrew Baldwin, a writer who has had two scripts show up on The Black List and was once writing the remake of Logan's Run for Nicolas Winding Refn. Taken director Pierre Morel was once on board to to direct, but right now the position is still open, meaning it won't be Elba's next project. Read on!

For those just joining us, the original script follows a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city. That doesn't sound a hell of a lot different than From Paris with Love, but it's likely the details, including the title implying that something will happen on French National Day (Bastille Day), which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year, that will change things up a bit. Elba deserves a big lead role like this, and we hope a good director comes along to make it work.

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