Idris Elba Attached to Star in Terrorist Thriller 'Bastille Day'

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Vendome and Anonymous Content are producing the feature, which is still in development.

Idris Elba, who is generating awards buzz with his starring turn in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, is set to star in Bastille Day, Vendome and Anonymous Content’s terrorist thriller, THR has confirmed.

Written by Andrew Baldwin, Bastille tells of a young American artist living in Paris and a washed-up CIA agent who are thrown together and tasked with diverting an imminent attack on the city.

Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the project with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and David Kanter. Vendome will fully finance the production.

The project is not Elba’s next movie as it’s still in development. Bastille currently has no director, although Pierre Morel and Baran bo Odar were previously attached.

Elba, who just received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Humanitarian Award this past weekend, recently wrapped The Gunman, the Sean Penn action vehicle being produced by Silver Pictures.

He is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.