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Idris Elba will be at your fingertips in October 2015 via Netflix. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Idris Elba will be at your fingertips in October 2015 via Netflix. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Idris Elba will be at your fingertips in October 2015 via Netflix. (VALERY HACHE/Getty Images)

It’s always fun to hear about one of our Anglo fan favorites (and a BBC AMERICA star to boot) starting a new project, but sometimes we have to wait a bit before seeing the series or film in the U.S.

Not this time.

Netflix is about to launch a film initiative that will include a batch of theatrical-quality films released on the streaming service, with Idris Elba’s Beasts of No Nation to be the first, reports Deadline.

The Luther star takes on the role of a warlord in the film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala‘s 2005 novel Beasts, available on Netflix on October 16.

The story revolves around a young child in Africa who is forced into fighting in a civil war. Elba’s character becomes his mentor.

Here’s a look at Elba in character:

Idris Elba stars in Beasts of No Nation. (Red Crown Productions)
Idris Elba stars in Beasts of No Nation. (Red Crown Productions)

Beasts of No Nation is directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).

The film will also be available in select theaters for those who prefer the cinema experience.

We can look forward to Elba’s return to Luther in the 2015 two-part special. Elba has already completed filming on 2016’s The Jungle Book and Finding Dory, lending his voice to the animated films. He is currently working on Star Trek Beyond, also out in 2016.

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By Brigid Brown