Yardie trailer: Idris Elba steps behind the camera for his directorial debut

Idris Elba has turned his hand to a bit of writing, producing and directing on TV over the past few years, and now takes the plunge to direct his first feature film. After premièring at Sundance last month, Studiocanal have just released the first trailer and poster for Yardie, adapted from Victor Headley's novel of the same name.

Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D, who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread. D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox.

Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne, 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.

Elba will stay firmly in the director’schair with the cast led by Aml Ameen, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham.

No news on a release date just yet but we expect some updates to arrive in the next couple of months.

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