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There’s a “BEAST” lion in wait for Idris Elba; trailer emerges

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The next major man-vs.-nature thriller is coming this summer.

Universal Pictures releases BEAST to theaters August 19. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a script by Ryan Engle, based on a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan, it stars Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries. According to the official synopsis, “Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their daughters [Halley and Jeffries] to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles [Copley], an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing jolts into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of bloodthirsty poachers who now sees all humans as the enemy, begins stalking them.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.