Sunday 29 November, 2020

Watch: Idris Elba's 'Yardie' trailer is here

The trailer for Yardie, the movie inspired by a 1992 novel of the same name, is finally here.

The movie marks the directorial debut for British actor and DJ, Idris Elba, who spent some time in Jamaica shooting some scenes for the movie.  The leads for the film, Everaldo Creary, Shantol Jackson and Sheldon Shepherd were cast in Jamaica after a casting call went out across the island. 

Yardie, which was recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is set in Kingston and Hackney during the 1970s and 80s.

Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary).

D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby.

He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).

Yardie is loosely based on a book written by Jamaican-born British writer Victor Headley.

The wildly popular novel, named after the term given to Jamaican immigrants in the UK and which originated in the 'Government yards' housing projects in Jamaica, is based on the fictional story a young Jamaican's rise from the streets of London to the top of the drug-dealing underworld. 

Yardie will be released in the UK on August 24. 

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