In the first trailer for the war drama, Elba’s commandant instructs young child soldier Agu to attack an imprisoned enemy soldier with a machete, as revenge for the boy’s family dying in a civil war. As Agu hesistates, Elba’s warlord gets impatient, haranguing and kicking the boy to do his work until he apparently snaps – and the footage cuts out.
Elba is best known for star-making turns as a drug-dealer in US TV series the Wire and as troubled cop John Luther, but this latest role appears to be the most sinister to date. Set in an unidentified West African country, the film is written and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, and is adapted from Uzodinma Iweala’s novel of the same name.
Fans keen to see more will have to make sure they have a Netflix account – the film will be debuting on the video-on-demand service, with only a limited cinematic release.
It will be released on Netflix for a worldwide audience on 16th October.