‘Beast’ Came As A Surprise To Idris Elba

Idris Elba as Nathan in Beast, directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Photo Credit: Lauren Mulligan/Universal Pictures

Idris Elba and producer Will Packer have a working relationship that stretches back to 2005, when Elba appeared in the Packer-producer film The Gospel. Since then, they’ve made five more movies together, including their new one, the thriller Beast. Genre-wise, it’s a far cry from anything else they’ve done together; as Elba says he was shocked when Packer approached him with the script, but once he got on board, he really started to appreciate the nuances that he says sets the film apart from other films with similar plots. (Click on the media bar below to hear Idris Elba)


  Beast opens in theaters on August 19.

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