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Idris Elba to Star in JAY-Z’s ‘The Harder They Fall’ Feature for Netflix

Idris Elba

*Idris Elba has joined Jonathan Majors in Netflix’s all-black Western feature, “The Harder They Fall.”

Produced by JAY-Z along with Jeymes Samuel in his feature directorial debut, the film follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison, so he reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge, via Deadline.

Samuel, also known as The Bullitts, previously collaborated with Jigga on “The Great Gatsby soundtrack,” and he will also write and produce original music for “The Harder They Fall.”

Samuel teamed with Boaz Yakin to write the script.

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Idris Elba attends the Premiere of Yardie. Yardie is released in UK cinemas on 31st August at BFI Southbank on August 21, 2018 in London, England.
Idris Elba attends the Premiere of Yardie. Yardie is released in UK cinemas on 31st August at BFI Southbank on August 21, 2018 in London, England.

According to Complex, “The Harder They Fall” was first pitched to companies in 2016 with Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Wesley Snipes and Jessie Williams attached. Now that Netflix has control of the project, it’s unclear if these entertainers will be involved with the feature.

Meanwhile, Elba is also starring in another Western drama,” Concrete Cowboys,” which began filming this year. In December, you can catch him on the big screen in Cats, based on the hit Broadway musical.

In related news, Elba previously tweeted his congratulations to PEOPLE’s current Sexiest Man Alive John Legend, writing, “My G Congratulations brother!!! You deserve it. DO NOT TELL @TheRock He still thinks he’s got the title, I didn’t have the heart to tell him when I took it.”

“The Luther” star was last year’s Sexiest Man Alive title holder and the tells PEOPLE he still feels “very privileged to be considered in the sexy man conversation with Dwayne Johnson and Blake Shelton … It was good times.”

The British star is teaming up with Ford as a creative partner to help launch the company’s all-electric Mustang-inspired Mach-E SUV.

“I think it’s a sexy car. The Mustang series is known for a bold, distinct style. The Mach-E leans towards that and brings it up to the modern-day trends,” he says. “I think we’re all going to be driving electric cars in the future because we can’t afford to be damaging the world the way we are to get fossil fuel. Electric is a good, clean option. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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