While Idris Elba seems perpetually poised to become the next huge thing, with the internet pushing for him to become the next James Bond, and a string of blockbusters on the way including “The Jungle Book,” “Finding Dory,” “Star Trek Beyond,” and likely “The Dark Tower” — not to mention ongoing acclaim for his turn in “Beasts Of No Nation” — the actor still has to do meat-and-potatoes work from time to time. For example, last year he had a role in the already forgotten Sean Penn flick “The Gunman,” and this year he tops the regular-looking action movie, “Bastille Day.”
Directed by James Watkins (“Eden Lake,” “The Woman In Black“), and co-starring Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon, Jose Garcia, and Kelly Reilly, the film follows a CIA agent who teams with a pickpocket to uncover corruption and conspiracy. Here’s the official synopsis:
Michael Mason (Richard Madden, ‘GAME OF THRONES’) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, ‘LUTHER’, PROMETHEUS), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.
Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.
“Bastille Day” opens in the U.K. on April 22nd. Focus Features has acquired the film for the U.S., but no word yet on a release date.