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Watch: Action Erupts In First Trailer For ‘Bastille Day’ Starring Idris Elba

Watch: Action Erupts In First Trailer For 'Bastille Day' Starring Idris Elba

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.”

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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.

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