"Beasts of No Nation," starring Idris Elba, debuts both online and in theaters.
Netflix has already made its mark with critically acclaimed original series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Now the streaming service is debuting its first feature film—both online and in theaters.
Beasts of No Nation, a war drama based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala, follows the life of a 14-year-old child soldier in an unspecified African country as he fights under a warlord played by Idris Elba.
Netflix NFLX is releasing the film, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga of HBO’s True Detective fame, in both movie theaters and online.
Netflix has a slew of other films in production as it tries to plant a flag in the feature film industry. Other titles in the works include Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous Six, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, and a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.