Idris Elba – actor, guardian of Asgard, and casual guest at last week’s Royal Wedding is set to star in and direct Netflix’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Based on the 1831 Gothic novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is quite a bit different to our childhood Disney version as it tells the tale of Quasimodo, the hunchback and bell-ringer of Notre Dame who is ordered to kidnap the beautiful Esmeralda by his guardian Archdeacon Claude Frollo. Of course, Quasimodo falls in love with Esmeralda – feelings that cause him a world of pain.
Elba has been signed on to play Quasimodo but he’ll also direct and produce the film alongside Fred Berger (La La Land, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Midnight Special) for Automatik. Ana Garantino from Green Door Pictures will also produce.
The film, which will be a modern-day retelling of the story, will also have scripter Michael Mitnick working his magic. You may know him for his work on The Giver and The Current War.
And Elba, who really is just a man of many talents, will also produce the music for the film because he’s just not doing enough.
No word yet on a potential release date but we’ll keep you updated.
In other very exciting Netflix news, Hannah Gadsby’s excellently heartbreaking comedy show Nanette will grace our screens come June 19. Gadsby first performed the show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017.
Yesterday, Netflix unleashed a teaser trailer… so maybe start emotionally preparing for its release:
For Nanette, Gadsby took home the prestigious The Barry award for Best Show at MICF and the Best Comedy Show award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe… just to name two.
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