According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Idris Elba will direct, produce, and star in Netflix’s retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He will also be providing an original score for the film. Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, screened at Sundance earlier this year and will be released in UK cinemas in August. No release date has been announced.
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (originally known as Notre Dame de Paris) chronicles the story of Quasimodo as he falls in love with the gypsy Esmerelda. According to History.com, Hugo wrote the book in just four months. Hugo was the son of one of Napoleon’s officers and later left France for 20 years when Napoleon III assumed power. In 1862, Hugo wrote the bestseller Les Miserables, a work that was famously adapted for the big screen in 2012 by Tom Hooper. He died in 1885 and was buried in the Pantheon.
Elba is best known for playing the sword-wielding Asgardian Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, drug trafficker Stringer Bell in The Wire, and John Luther in Luther. He has also appeared in Prometheus, The Dark Tower, Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book, and many other high-profile films and shows. He won a Golden Globe for his lead role in Luther and has been nominated for a number of other industry awards.
The Giver screenwriter Michael Mitnick will write the film. Stay tuned for more updates, and make sure to keep an eye or two on our news feed for more industry developments.