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Sundance 2018 Preview: Idris Elba’s Yardie

Sundance 2018 Preview: Idris Elba’s YardiePosted by Wilson Morales

January 20, 2018

Making its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is “Yardie,” a new drama that marks the directorial debut of acclaimed actor Idris Elba and starring Aml Ameen.

The cast also includes Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, & Everaldo Cleary.

Backed by Warp Films, the BFI, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire., “Yardie” will be a big-screen adaptation of Victor Headley’s 1992 novel which is set in 1980s Hackney, and follows the rise of a young Jamaican in London’s drug-dealing underworld. The novel borrows its title from a slang term originally given to occupants of housing projects.

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).

Ameen was one of the original cast members in Netflix’s “Sense8” series, before his role was recast. His big screen roles include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Maze Runner” and “Lila & Eve.” He will next be seen in Anthony Onah’s “Dara Ju” which premiered in this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.

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