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Idris Elba Is “Reckless & Irresponsible” in Trailer for Paris-Set Thriller, ‘Bastille Day’

Idris Elba Is "Reckless & Irresponsible" in Trailer for Paris-Set Thriller, 'Bastille Day'

Well, we continue to talk of seeing Idris Elba in more leading man roles (especially in action movies), and this is one of those rare instances where he gets to shine a bit, in that capacity.

The actor stars in a Paris-set thriller titled "Bastille Day," that will see him battle terrorists in the City of Light, in a project from Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content, with James Watkins ("The Woman in Black") directing, from a script penned by Andrew Baldwin (he also scripted a "Bourne" sequel, which I suppose should give you some idea of what to expect from "Bastille Day").

Co-starring Richard Madden, the story follows Michael Mason (Madden), an American small-time thief living in Paris who accidentally becomes a target for the CIA when he steals a bag that contains some explosives, which of course he isn’t aware of initially. Sean Briar (Elba), the CIA agent on the case, has to determine Mason’s guilt or innocence, as he soon uncovers a much larger conspiracy, and will use Mason as a pawn to get to the root of it all, within a 24-hour deadline.

The project was slated for a UK release this month, but after the Paris terrorist attacks last fall, distributor StudioCanal postponed the film’s release date to April 22. It does have an American distributor (Focus Features), but no word on when we here in the USA will get to see it. I assume they’ll use Elba’s double SAG Award wins a couple of weeks ago, with the spotlight currently shining squarely on him, to help market the film, so a release sooner than later will make sense.

First announced 2 years ago, the film’s very timely plot, and the talent involved, should help it stand above the deluge, with Elba, an actor with an international fan base, leading the charge.

Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly and Jose Garcia round out the key cast. By the way, Bastille Day is the French National Day, which is equivalent to July 4/Independence Day here in the USA.

Check out the first trailer below:

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Comments

Winston Balagare

This is a step in the right direction for Elba. Too bad he’s not the sole "leading man". This actually looks like a vehicle crafted to launch the career of Richard Madden. Sadly, Elba seems to be headed to becoming the next Morgan Freeman, rather than the next Denzel Washington.

M CREW LITE

I didn’t even know about this film until I watched a show. They need to promote this film more.

Patricia

I love Idris.Please bring this to America so we all can be happy.love see that find brother get his leading man role on..Yesss��

Susannah Dean

Well this should be a test of Idris’ box office strength. He needs to promote the heck out of this film.

NO BRAINER

Robb Stark is back. Looks interesting. I’ll see it… maybe.

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