Magazine article Screen International

First Image for Idris Elba Directorial Debut 'Yardie' Released

Magazine article Screen International

First Image for Idris Elba Directorial Debut 'Yardie' Released

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The first image from Idris Elba's directorial debut Yardie has been released.

Studiocanal announced today (16 March) that principal photography has started on the film, based on Victor Headley's cult novel.

Yardie stars Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner) in the lead role of 'D', with Stephen Graham and Elba playing supporting roles.

The film will introduce Jamaican actors Shantol Jackson, Sheldon Shepherd and Everaldo Creary.

Yardie will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks and is financed by Studiocanal, BFI, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire.

It follows the story of a young Jamaican named 'D' who, on arriving in early 1980s London, unexpectedly finds the young man who assassinated his revered brother back in Jamaica ten years before. His quest for justice explodes into a violent street war that could end up killing him and his loved ones. …

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