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Netflix OutBids Big Studio for Idris Elba ‘War’ Film

Netflix sure knows how to make noise — and in a good way!

The streaming service is racking up viewership and gaining loyal consumers with its binge-worthy original series’ and TV shows. Now, it’s taking on major production houses and going for films.

The service recently outbid Fox Searchlight and Focus Features for $12 million to release the anticipated drama/horror film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, reports Complex.

Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga — the Emmy-winning filmmaker behind the camera for HBO’s hit True Detective, Beast of No Nation center’s on Elba’s character as a brutal West African mercenary who leads a group of child soldiers into a bloody civil war.

Netflix will release the film in select U.S. theaters first and then add it to their streaming queue, according to a press release sent to JET.

“Beasts of No Nation is a powerful film that unfolds beautifully in the hands of director Cary Fukunaga with Idris Elba delivering a career-defining performance,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, “We are so proud to bring a film of this caliber exclusively to Netflix members around the world at the same time as it appears in select theaters.”

This isn’t the first time Netflix has dabbled with film. The company received Oscar-noms for two documentaries. However, the release of Beast of No Nations will be its first scripted film.

A release date has yet to be set. So, stay tuned!