Trailer, cast, release date and everything we know so far
Idris Elba has undoubtedly been busy lately, with an impressive list of important roles that only seems to be growing. Although he recently said he wants to focus more on his music career, the star of Pacific Rim has always lent his acting talents to several high-profile projects such as Fast and the Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, The Suicide Squadand sonic the hedgehog 2. His current status as a household name continues to serve him well, with the star returning to his roots later this year by reprising John Luther in the upcoming Luther film, as well as in the highly anticipated Three thousand years of nostalgiawho received an admirable six-minute standing ovation when he premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Coincidentally, August will be a great month for the Island of Elba since two months before Three thousand years of nostalgia premieres, his next project The beast will reach the screens. This time, the main man will be thrust into the African savannah and face off against a vicious, bloodthirsty…well, “beast.” As the action-thriller quickly generates buzz since its recent debut trailer, here’s everything we know so far about The beast.
The first trailer for The beast features Elba as the protagonist, Dr. Nate Samuels. Nate and his two daughters go on vacation to the African savannah, with their knowledgeable guide promising a one-of-a-kind adventure. This proved true in the worst way possible when the party stumbled across an injured townsman, before finding a village that had suffered a vicious lion attack. What’s unusual about the chaotic scene is that the bodies showed no signs of having been eaten, indicating that whoever did this did it for sport, not survival. It doesn’t take long for the Samuels family to come face to face with the beast and their quest for survival officially begins.
When and where does the beast come out?
The beast is set to roar exclusively in theaters towards the end of the summer season, Friday, August 19, 2022, to be exact. This means that August will be a big month for Idris Elba considering how his next film, Three thousand years of nostalgiaslated for release a week and a half later on Wednesday August 31, which has already premiered in Cannes to a warm reception.
The only way to watch The beast when it first premiered in a theater, but given the pattern feature films have followed in the post-pandemic era, a streaming release is likely on the horizon. Exactly when and where it will hit stream is still up in the air, but considering it’s a Universal production, the most likely home for it would likely be on NBCUniversal property. Peacock. Otherwise, it will also likely be available for home rental starting around a month and a half after the film’s initial release.
What is the plot of the beast?
After the death of their matriarch, the Samuels family feels lost in their present life. Dr. Nate Samuels is now without a wife and his two daughters, Meredith and Norah, are without a mother, and suffice to say there has been a noticeable rift between them since.
In an attempt to reunite his family, Nate decides to take the girls on vacation to Africa, where they expect to enjoy a relaxing and entertaining trek through the African savannah. With the help of their African wilderness expert, tour guide and friend Martin Battles, the family embarks on what was supposed to be a one-of-a-kind adventure. Technically, they were right, as this was a unique situation they would soon find themselves in, but in the worst way possible.
Their nature sightseeing tour is cut short when they find a badly injured man on the road, where he is in shock repeating the word “devil” over and over. Nate and Martin investigate the nearby village to see if there is any evidence of this “devil”, and they find a shocking amount of corpses littering the entire site. The bite marks and tracks seem to indicate it was a lion attack, but what doesn’t add up is that the bodies weren’t eaten, almost as if whatever killed them Did it for fun. Soon, the bloodthirsty king of the jungle has the Samuels family in his sights, and he likely won’t stop until his new prey shares the fate of the village he slaughtered.
The plot is not too different from The Ghost and the Darknessthe 1996 thriller based on a true story where a pack of lions hunted humans for sport instead of food. The beast seems to be taking things in a more action-horror focused direction, but while the concept of The beast looks attractive, consider giving The Ghost and the Darkness a watch, available to stream on Starz.
Who makes the beast?
The beast will be led by Baltasar Kormakurbest known for Everest and two guns, so he has a history in both action and natural disaster movies. The film’s screenwriter also has a history with bloodthirsty CGI animals, as a screenplay will be written by Ryan Engel which previously spawned animal chaos in Carnagewith story credited to Jaime Primak Sullivan who is also one of the film’s executive producers.
Who is in the cast of Beast?
The hero who will take on the evil lion the most will be Idris Elba, who has had too many iconic roles in recent years to count, including the all-seeing god Heimdall of the Thor trilogy, the human-hating tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s The jungle Book remakeand most recently as the Knuckles hothead echidna in sonic the hedgehog 2. As great as he was in all those roles, it’s nice to see him back in the lead as the main protagonist of The beast.
Also joining Elba is the South African acting star Sharlto Copelywho you might recognize as an actor in practically all Neill Blomkamp moviesto know District 9, Elysiumand Chappie. He earned a reputation for having enormous range in his fast acting style, able to tackle the role of conflicted protagonist in District 9 as well as an evil psychotic mercenary in Elysium. Copely will play Nate’s coworker, Martin Battles, who will hopefully be just as awesome as his already awesome name. Finally, rounding out the main cast are Iyana Halley (It’s us) and Lea Jefferies (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) as Meredith and Norah Samuels respectively. Other cast members include Riley Keough, Melanie Jarson, Damon Burley, Amara Miller, Robby MacIsaacand Billy Gallagher.
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