A rouge lion hunts Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw, The Suicide Squad) in the pulse-pounding thriller Beast. Ahead of its theatrical debut this week, a featurette gives us “A Look Inside” the movie.
Elba stars as Dr. Nate Daniels, a recently widowed father who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a trip with his daughters to a game reserve managed by Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley, “Russian Doll”, Maleficent), an old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing turns into a fight for survival when a lion begins hunting them.
Iyana Halley (The Hate U Give, This is Us series) plays Daniels’ 18-year-old daughter, Meredith, with Leah Sava Jeffries (Real series, Empire series) in the role of his 13-year-old daughter, Norah.
The action-packed film is from filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, the director of Everest and Universal Pictures’ 2 Guns and Contraband. Beast is produced by Will Packer (Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, Night School, No Good Deed) and president of Will Packer Productions. The film is written by Ryan Engle (Rampage, Non-Stop), and based on an original story by Jaime Primak Sullivan who executive produces along with Jaime Primak Sullivan and Bernard Bellew.
Here’s an interesting fact, during the filming of the movie about a lion on the loose, a live lion actually got loose on the set. Luckily, no one was hurt, including the lion.
Universal Pictures unleashes Beast in theaters on August 26, 2022.