Deadline reports that Idris Elba is set to star in, produce and direct action-thriller Infernus, which Millennium Media will also produce and shop at the upcoming Cannes market.
Elba will play Donovan Kamara, a U.N. human rights activist sent to investigate reports of refugees being illegally detained inside a U.S. black site prison. A seemingly simple task turns deadly when the world’s most dangerous inmates break free. Kamara must work to safely extricate the refugees, all while going head-to-head with a brilliant criminal mastermind.
Based on a story by Tom Boyle and screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, the film is due to go into production on October 9th in London.
While most filming will be done in London, additional principal photography will take place in the new TD Akuna Studios in Ghana, a venture Elba and partners Tony Tagoe and Danny Damah developed in order to help build the region’s film industry.
Infernus marks Elba’s second film in the director’s chair following 2018 feature Yardie, which starred Aml Ameen and debuted at Sundance.
Elba will next be seen starring in Apple’s thriller series Hijack and is currently in production on Amazon’s Heads Of State with John Cena and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.