Idris Elba is taking on a thrilling new role.

The 48-year-old Luther actor will star in the upcoming thriller Beast from Universal Pictures, based on an original idea by Jaime Primak-Sullivan, Deadline reported Wednesday (September 30).

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Baltasar Kormakur will direct, and Rampage writer Ryan Engle wrote the script.

“Plot details are vague other then it being in the vein of The Shallows but instead of sharks, a lion with be involved as the central antagonist. Kormakur has a knack for the survival thriller genre like 2015’s Everest and more recently Adrift, that starred Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin,” the outlet reports of the film.

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