Idris Elba Will Star In Universal Lion Attack Thriller Beast

Elba is set to play hide-and-seek with a lion in survival thriller Beast from the team behind Gabrielle Union's Breaking In.


Idris Elba has faced off against powerhouses like Hela, Hobbs, and Shaw, but can he survive an encounter with a lion? Elba's is in for a rough day in survival thriller Beast, according to a report from THR.

Initial reports offer very little on the film's plot, other than that Elba will be fighting for his life as a lion hunts him; reports compare the film to Blake Lively's The Shallows, which has her surviving a shark attack.

The thriller is an original idea from producer Jamie Primak-Sullivan, with writer Ryan Engle working on the script. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur is set to direct, and will produce alongside Primak-Sullivan, Will Packer, and James Lopez. Kormakur is best known films made in his native Iceland, but has directed movies like Adrift and Two Guns. Ryan Engle, meanwhile, penned screenplays for Dwayne Johnson's Rampage and Liam Neeson's The Commuter and Non-Stop.

Beast marks the second time that Primak-Sullivan, Engle, and producers Packer and Lopez will work together. The quartet previously produced and wrote Gabrielle Union's 2018 film Breaking In, which featured the star defending her family during a home invasion.

Beast currently has no scheduled release window, but Elba can be seen in the upcoming film The Suicide Squad as Bloodsport, and in movies like Thor Ragnarok and Cats.

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