StudioCanal have begun production on the movie YARDIE.

Principal photography has begun on the feature adaptation of Victor Headley’s cult novel YARDIE. Golden Globe and SAG winner Idris Elba will make his feature film directorial debut, with Aml Ameen starring in the lead role as ‘D’. The production will shoot on location in London and Jamaica for seven weeks.

Ameen, best known in the UK for his role in the feature film cult favourite, Kidulthood, recently starred in the indie film, Dara Ju, nominated for the 2017 SXSW Grand Jury Award. Last year, Ameen appeared in Soy Nero, which was nominated for the Golden Bear in the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. He will next be seen in the Bron Studios feature film, Parallel.

Additionally, Stephen Graham, who appears in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, will play the role of Rico, while Idris Elba will star as Piper. The film will also introduce Jamaican talent including Shantol Jackson as Yvonne, Sheldon Shepherd as King Fox and Everaldo Creary as Jerry Dread.

YARDIE follows the story of a young Jamaican named ‘D’ who, on arriving in early 1980s London, unexpectedly finds the young man who assassinated his revered brother back in Jamaica ten years before. His quest for justice explodes into a violent street war that could end up killing him and his loved ones. The screenplay has been written by Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman.

“I am interested in making human stories with characters that are either, full of grace or flawed. In YARDIE the audience will see a film that hopefully means something to the people. I’m honoured to able to shoot it in my home town of London and as a guest in Jamaica.” – Idris Elba

YARDIE has been financed by STUDIOCANAL, the BFI, BBC Films and Screen Yorkshire. Universal Music are partners in the film and their Island Records label will be releasing the soundtrack.

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