Is it him, is it not him?
No need to do a double-take, your eyes are not deceiving you – that is Idris Elba you just saw in the Northern Cape.
The British actor is currently in the country shooting his upcoming movie, ‘Beast’ in the Northern Cape.
For the next ten weeks he, District 9’s Sharlto Copley and actresses, Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries will be in South Africa, moving between Northern Cape, Limpopo and Cape Town.
Universal Pictures has began a 10 week film shoot in the rural parts of Northern Cape and in the city of Cape Town for the pulse-pounding new thriller, Beast, starring Idris Elba and produced by Will Packer @myncapetv @NorthernCapeSA @NCProvGov @Onemanpixel @PCLouw @puksie1 pic.twitter.com/SbIdgLQX0i— Northern Cape Film Week (@NC_FilmWeek) July 21, 2021
According to Deadline, Idris will play Dr Nate Samuels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife.
Along with his teenage daughters, he will travel to a game reserve managed by an old family friend and wildlife biologist.
But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a rogue lion, a survivor of blood-thirsty poachers, who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.
The movie will be released in August 2022.
This is not Idris’ first time in Mzansi.
He has shot movies before in SA such as Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' and Long Walk to Freedom, where he was cast as Nelson Mandela.
He has starred in over 45 other movies and series including Luther, The Wire, Thor, The office and American Gangster.
Over the years there have been calls that he should be the first black man to play James Bond. In a 2019 interview with Vanity Fair, he said he was disheartened by backlash to the said calls.