Idris Elba is replacing formerly-attached Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in The Trap, the latest project from Spring Breakers writer and director Harmony Korine. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that Focus Features is also in negotiations to pick up the ensemble gangster drama, which is also set to star Benicio Del Toro. What’s more, Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco are all said to be up for supporting roles.
The Trap is said to follow two very different childhood friends. One is very successful and the other has spent most of his life a convict. When the latter man is released from prison, he becomes determined to seek revenge.
Elba is currently on the big screen in director Pierre Morel’s The Gunman. He recently shot a two-part “Luther” special continuing the adventures of the British DCI, who previously earned him a Golden Globe win in 2012. Look for it to air later this year. On the big screen, Elba is expected to next make an appearance in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Korine, whose other credits include Julien Donkey-Boy, Gummo and Trash Humpers, is both writing and directing The Trap with John Lesher producing alongside Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz and DCM Film’s Marc Schmidheiny.
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