Idris Elba set to make directorial debut - report

Idris Elba is said to be behind a big screen adaptation of the novel Yardie.

Idris Elba is reportedly set to make his directorial debut with Yardie.

The British actor already has his own production company, Green Door Pictures, but is now supposedly adding another string to his bow by helming a movie.

In a piece published by Screen Daily on StudioCanal UK's 10th anniversary there is mention of Idris directing a big screen adaptation of Victor Headley's novel Yardie, about a young man couriering cocaine from Jamaica to London. However, rather than delivering the drugs, he decides to keep them and soon finds himself being hunted down by those who set up the deal. The book is set in the East London area of Hackney, where Idris grew up, so there's no doubt that aspect appealed to him.

Danny Perkins, U.K. CEO of production and distribution company StudioCanal, also revealed during the article that he's keen to get Island Records on board to provide music, whose artists include Drake, Hozier and Nicki Minaj.

No further details have been released yet.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Idris is being kept busy with various other projects and can next be seen in Star Trek Beyond, in which he plays villain Krall. For the evil role the actor had to sit in make-up for hours on end, which director Justin Lin worried would put him off.

"We had a great first conversation," Justin recently recalled to SFX magazine. "But at the end he paused. I was like, 'Aw, sh*t.' He goes, 'It's gonna be four hours of make-up every morning, right?' I said, 'Yup...' It was four hours every morning, and he was awesome. He's delivering 100 per cent every time."

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