‘Yardie’ Trailer: Idris Elba Makes His Directorial Debut Adapting A Cult Crime Novel
Watch as Idris Elba takes Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley’s Yardie and brings it to the big screen for the people.
Idris Elba has been a Marvel star, an action hero, a criminal, a heartthrob and yet, he never manages to lose his cool in any situation he’s in. This bodes well for anyone who crosses his path as the celebrated actor dons the director’s hat for the first time with the film, Yardie, which made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Adapting Victor Headley 1992 cult crime novel of the same name, the film centers on a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never been able to come to terms with the murder of his older brother, committed when he was a child.
Victor Headley’s book was so successful at the time it sold 12,000 copies on word of mouth alone. Produced on a desktop computer, Yardie was sold at clothing shops, hairdressers, and even outside of nightclubs. In the film, D works his way up to become the right-hand man of crime lord and music producer King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). He’s sent to London where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, and the daughter he has not seen since she was a baby.
Just when things seem to be going good and he can leave this life of crime, he crosses paths with the man who killed his brother, and it’s on like Donkey Kong from that point on. This seems like a thrilling roller-coaster ride of a movie, plus it would be great to see just how much of an eye for ill angles and storytelling Idris has as a director.
“I read it [the novel], which was huge because I don’t like to read books,” Idris told Indiewire. “‘Yardie’ was the one that I read and it stuck to my ribs and I read the script and I was there. I felt like I could really contribute something meaningful. Directing the film changed things for Elba, as he said he’s going to “operate” on his films moving forward. “There’s something about controlling the frame as opposed to watching a monitor. I found it way more satisfying to be able to control the camera,” he said.
With that in mind, you can watch the Yardie teaser trailer below and peep the brand new poster for the film above: