Hollywood is getting a lesson in movie distribution from movie streaming company Netflix. Netflix has purchased rights for Beasts of No Nation, the highly anticipated movie starring Idris Elba.

Beasts of No Nation is based on the bestselling novel by Uzodinma Iweala, and directed by True Detectives Cary Fukunaga. Elba is a warlord in an unnamed west African country, who takes in a child soldier played by Abraham Attah. The film, which was shot last year in Ghana, was made with a $6,000,000 budget, and for Netflix to purchase it for $12,000,000 is a feat within itself.

Although the film doesn’t have a release date as of yet, there’s already Oscar talk surrounding it.

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.”


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