A project that made my Oscar 2015 predictions list, Cult filmmaker Harmony Korine’s “The Trap” was to feature the acting talents of Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro in front of the camera. But Foxx has now been replaced by Idris Elba.
In terms of plot, the film will follow 2 childhood friends who become estranged. Later, as adults, one is successful while the other has become an incarcerated criminal, and is now out for revenge against his former friend. Del Toro will play the friend who was incarcerate and is seeking revenge against Elba, his former friend for whom he took a fall.
Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Al Pacino round out the cast, with Focus Features chasing U.S. rights to the film.
Korine has called it a thriller that is his “most ambitious film to date.” The writer/director who originally became (in)famous for penning the script of ’90s indie classic “Kids,” would eventually go on to direct a series of *outsider* films like “Gummo,” “Julien Donkey-Boy,” “Trash Humpers” and more, building a dedicated following, attracting critical acclaim along the way. He most recently directed “Spring Breakers” (his most financially successful film), which starred James Franco.
About “The Trap,” Korine said, a year ago: “I’m really just going to go for it. It’s some next level shit. It’s a revenge movie, sprawling, very intense… I don’t want to give away too much, but we’re probably going to start shooting in Miami after the New Year.”
Given the names involved, and Korine’s own reputation, this is something to watch for likely in 2016.
Elba can currently be seen in “The Gunman” with Sean Penn.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of his casting in “The Trap.”