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Idris Elba to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Yardie,’ an ’80s-set Cocaine Thriller

Might he also star as well?

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is a busy guy. Between a recent spate of voice-acting roles (“Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book,” “Finding Dory”), a role in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond” and unending rumors about his potential to be the next Bond, he’s apparently found time in his schedule to get behind the camera. Elba will make his directorial debut with “Yardie,” an adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel of the same name.

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The book follows a cocaine courier (what a job title) named D tasked with delivering a kilo from Jamaica to London in the 1980s. Like so many fictional characters before him, he considers it a good idea go behind his employer’s back and sell the product himself. No casting news has been announced, though it’s possible Elba could do the honors himself; “Bronson” co-writer Brock Norman Brock (what a name) is on screenplay duty.

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Production is set to begin by the end of this year, by which time Elba will surely have lined up several other projects — one of which may or may not involve a certain spy franchise. 

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