First ‘Yardie’ Trailer: Idris Elba Makes His Directorial Debut

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Take a look at the first trailer StudioCanal UK has dropped for Yardie, the feature film directorial debut for actor Idris Elba.

Yardie tells the story of D (Aml Ameen), a young Jamaican man who is still affected by the murder of his brother during his childhood. The Don and music producer who took him under his wing sends D to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart and estranged daughter. If there was ever a chance D could avoid a life of crime, it’s not here; he soon encounters the man who killed his brother.

Screenwriters Brock Norman Brock (Bronson) and Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) have penned this adaptation of Victor Headley’s ’93 book of the same name. The first trailer below may be a teaser, but it packs in quite a bit of footage in its one-minute runtime. At least from the snippets, it looks like Elba may have a solid crime-drama with some potent scenes. It could be a solid showcase for Ameen as well.

The film debuted at Sundance in January, where, unfortunately, it received some mixed to poor reviews. There’s no release date as yet, so perhaps there’s a chance that Elba and co. are rejigging a few things in the editing suite to get things in order? Hopefully it impresses upon release.

Yardie also stars Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Sheldon Shepherd and Everaldo Creary.

Synopsis for Yardie:

Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).

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