Entertainment of 2014-06-06

Grace Nortey, Ama K, others in Elba’s movie

Ghanaian Movie stars, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh and Sinking Sands actress, Ama K. Abebrese, are among those whose names have been making the rounds as having been offered roles in Idris Elba’s movie being shot in Ghana.

Elba arrived in Ghana for the production entitled, ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ more than a week ago.

Directed by Cary Funkunaga, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ is a film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel that takes its title from the 1989 album – ‘Beats of No Nation' – by Fela Ransome Kuti, the late Nigerian Afro beat artiste.

Iweala’s book tells the story of Agu, a child soldier in an unnamed West African country. Elba according to reports is playing the Commandant – the ruthless head of the guerrilla group – that forces Agu to join their ranks.

The movie is expected to be Elba’s next big production in Africa, after playing Nelson Mandela in ‘Long walk to Freedom’.

Veteran Ghanaian movie stars, David Dontoh and Grace Nortey, were spotted on set at a location in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Ama K. a onetime Africa Movie Award best actress, according to News-One sources, was also in there, playing the mother of Agu in the Movie.

What is not clear is the identity of the boy who would play Agu.