Idris Elba said it “felt special” to bring the ‘Beast’ premiere to the neighborhood he grew up in, saying it went “from Hackney to Hollywood.”

The 49-year-old actor stars in a new thriller about a father and his two teenage daughters who are hunted by lions while vacationing in the Savannah.

Elba returned to South Africa to shoot his blockbuster after filming the drama Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in South Africa in 2013.

Will Packer, Idris Elba, Balthazar Cormacour (Victoria Jones/PA)

He told PA News Agency:

“I love my country. I love that part of the world. I have a very special love for it.”

Luthor’s star, who plays Dr. Nate Daniels in The Beast, attended the premiere at the Hackney Picture House on Wednesday and was supported by guest stars, including British rapper Stormzy, who he hugged upon arrival.

Elba says: I never imagined that one day I would bring the films I was in to the Borough. It feels very special. I am proud of it.

“From Hackney to Hollywood”

Idris Elba and Stormzy (Victoria Jones/PA)

In Beast, the recently widowed Elba character returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, and visits an animal sanctuary when his family is attacked by a large cat.

“Acting with the CGI lion was technically difficult, layered and took a long time to get right. It really took a while,” he said.

“The lions are unbelievable. When I saw them, I was like, ‘Wow.’

On acting as a grieving husband, he added: relationship. “

Elba’s real-life daughter Isan auditioned for the role of her on-screen daughter, but the character was played by This Is Us star Iyana Harry and Empire’s Leah Sava Jeffries.

Idris Elba and daughter Isan (PA) at the 2015 Academy Awards

Director Balthazar Colmakur told PA:

“Although his daughter, she wasn’t always right for that particular girl of that age.”

Kormakur, who directed Everest, 2 Guns and Contraband, said he shot the film in a way that felt “relentless” before talking about the difficulties of filming in the wilderness.

“In the middle of the night a hyena was nibbling on a cable… I was almost run over by an elephant outside my house,” he said.

“I’m a challenge junkie. When I was invited to make a movie about lions with Idris Elba, I had nothing to say no to.”

Elba adds: I had to get in the water anyway, so I was like, ‘If it gets me, it’ll get me.’ rice field.

Colmacourt said working with Elba was “fantastic”.

“He’s one of a kind. He’s a great actor and a movie star. He’s got the whole package, and in this movie he plays a vulnerable father who fights lions. He needs the full scope.” , brought it to the screen,” he said.

Starring Sharlto Copley as wildlife biologist Martin Battles, the film was adapted by Ryan Engle from an original story by Jaime Primac Sullivan.

Producer Will Packer told PA: of this pandemic.

“Everyone goes through tough times and sometimes even familiar relationships get strained.At the end of the day, family is what you have to rely on, it’s the most important thing, and this movie is about that. is investigating

Beast opens in UK cinemas on August 26th.

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