Idris Elba, a very busy actor who has appeared both in the movies and on TV, will be making his debut as a director. He will be directing a film adaptation of the novel “Yardie” by Victor Headley. “Yardie” tells the story of a Jamaican drug mule called D., who goes to London to deliver some cocaine. Once there, he decides to sell the drug himself and thus incurs the wrath of the local dealers. The novel also explores the Jamaican underworld. The title comes from Jamaican slang; people from Jamaica sometimes call their island “the Yard” and themselves “yardies.”
Elba is himself the son of immigrants, so he understands what life can be like for a black immigrant in London. His parents were born in Sierra Leone and Ghana and moved to London before he was born. Elba also has substantial experience with the crime genre. He made his television debut on the UK series “Crimewatch.” One of his best-known roles was that of Russell “Stringer” Bell on “The Wire.” Elba has directed short projects like a pair of episodes for the anthology series “Playhouse Presents,” but “Yardie” will be his first full-length feature.
Elba has not abandoned acting by any stretch of the imagination, however. He voiced one of the sea lions in “Finding Dory,” and he will appear in the upcoming “Star Trek Beyond.” He is also working on “The Dark Tower” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Dark Tower” will be based on the novel by Stephen King.