Thursday, Netflix released the first look at Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming film Beasts of No Nation, which is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s award-winning novel by the same name.
Like the book, the film follows Agu (Abraham Attah), a child solider in West Africa, who is taken in and mentored by Commandant (Idris Elba), a ruthless militia leader who tries to turn Agu into a killer.
Written and directed by Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation will be released on Netflix and in select theaters in the U.S. on October 16th.
The film, which many believe will bring Netflix its first Oscar nominations, will also screen at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, two of the most prestigious of the year.
Iweala’s 2005 novel won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he was named one of America’s 20 best young novelists by Granta magazine.
Take a look at the gripping trailer.
Will you watch Beasts of No Nation will it premieres on Netflix this fall?