'Beasts of No Nation' Trailer: Idris Elba's Warlord Commands an Army of Child Soldiers

Beasts of No Nation Still - H 2015
Courtesy of Netflix/Venice Film Festival

Beasts of No Nation Still - H 2015

Newcomer Abraham Attah's Agu is shown learning to use a weapon in the first full trailer for Netflix's grim first original movie, directed by Cary Fukunaga.

Days after Netflix premiered, amid a great deal of buzz at the Venice Film Festival, its first original feature film, Beasts of No Nation, the streamer has released its first full trailer for the disturbing tale of an African warlord who trains children to become soldiers, including one young boy, Agu, played by newcomer Abraham Attah.

The preview begins with Agu, dressed in the combat gear that he sports throughout most of the trailer, carrying a gun and smoking a cigarette as he climbs down into a pit of mud.

He's then captured by Idris Elba's warlord, known as the Commandant, who's shown throughout the trailer brandishing his authority over his young troops, teaching them to obey and kill.

As the kids are trained, Elba's Commandant can be heard saying, "All of you that have seen your family killed, you now have something that stands for you. It has put the weapons of this war back in the hands of you — the young, the powerful."

The trailer ends with the Commandant and the kids chanting "Victory? Yes sir!" before Agu is shown killing someone with a machete.

Beasts of No Nation arrives on Netflix and in select theaters on Oct. 16. Cary Fukunaga directed the Ghana-shot film and adapted Nigerian-American writer Uzodinma Iweala's novel for the big screen.

Reviewing Beasts out of Venice, The Hollywood Reporter called it "grim, grueling and gripping."

The film is also set to screen at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival and next week's Toronto Film Festival.