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Idris Elba makes feature film directorial debut with Yardie – watch the trailer

A set of new images and the poster have also been released.

Credit: StudioCanal

Idris Elba is making his feature film directorial debut with Yardie and the trailer has been released so you can get your first glimpse.

Premiering at tonight’s Sundance Film Festival, Yardie stars Aml Ameen, Sheldon Shepherd, Shantol Jackson and Stephen Graham. The film is based on the 1993 book by Victor Headley and has a screenplay by Brock Norman Brock (Bronson) and Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia).


The synopsis for Yardie is:

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Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he’s not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow “the righteous path”, he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution – a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).

Alongside the main trailer release, StudioCanal have also unveiled the poster for the movie and a series of new images, which you can see below:


Credit: StudioCanal

There are still a few tickets available for screenings of Yardie at Sundance Film Festival this weekend. You can pick them up by going to


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