Netflix has a high-profile movie on its hands. The streaming service announced it will release Beasts of No Nation directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba. The movie, based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala about a child soldier, will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix worldwide on the same day in 2015.
“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,” Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “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.”
Deadline, which broke the news Monday night that Netflix was closing in on the movie yesterday evening, reported that the deal was close to $12 million. According to Deadline, the movie will have “a vigorous push in Oscar season.” A theatrical release is required for Oscar consideration.
Netflix also recently announced it acquired Jadotville, a war thriller starring Jamie Dornan.