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Idris Elba Set to Star in Thriller ‘Bastille Day’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content are producing

After fighting criminals on the streets of London, “Luther” star Idris Elba is now ready to fight bad guys in Paris as he is set to star in the Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content thriller “Bastille Day.”

Andrew Baldwin penned the script, which Anonymous Content helped develop prior to taking it out to buyers. The director has not yet been set.

Vendome Pictures CEO Philippe Rousselet is producing the project along with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and David Kanter. Vendome is fully financing production of the film.

The story revolves around a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.

After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.

Though Elba is still doing some work on “Luther,” he has begun to ramp up his work on the feature side in the last year with big roles in “Prometheus,” “Pacific Rim” and “Thor: The Dark World,” which opened this past weekend and has already almost made $200 million worldwide.

Elba can be seen next in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which is already getting award season buzz for his performance as Nelson Mandela. He is repped by WME, Ken McReddie & Associates in the U.K., Anonymous Content, Headshell Management and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.

Vendome is developing projects including “The Widow,” with David Slade directing, as well as “What Happened to Monday?,” with Tommy Wirkola helming. Anonymous Content has several projects set to bow in the next year including the HBO series “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and the Karl Urban pic “Loft.”

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