A couple of months ago, after yet another in the interminable line of trailers for The Takers, TK suggested that it was time to establish an official “Save Idris Elba” campaign. In light of the trailer below, for Elba’s upcoming film Legacy, I’d posit that the campaign may already be working.
The trailer hits the right elements of giving you just enough to be interested, but not enough to give much of the story. The core of the story is that Elba plays a soldier with a dark past, whose brother is an up and coming politician. The bulk of the story takes places in a single room apartment in which Elba’s character holes up. It’s already hit the indie film circuit and has gotten excellent reviews, and in particular critics have highlighted Elba’s performance as outstanding,
The film has an interesting bit of history. Elba himself is one of the producers, which implies that the real problem he’s had is that he keeps making other people’s films instead of his own. The company couldn’t secure any funding in America or Britain, but since the director was Nigerian (Thomas Ikimi) they were able to get funding from Nigeria. So if you’re curious, that’s where the Nigerian bank account scam money gets funneled to: making British independent films.