Idris Elba is set to star in Cary Fukunaga's upcoming adaptation Beasts of No Nation.

Based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala, the story centers on a young boy named Agu. After facing the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, he is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters during a civil war in West Africa. He finds a friend in a mute boy named Strika and they team to face the hardships of the civil war. Idris Elba is playing the lead role of the Commander.

Cary Fukunaga is directing and producing alongside Red Crown Productions' Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker.

Idris Elba most recently starred in Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi project Pacific Rim and will be seen next in Alan Taylor's superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World.

No production schedule has been released.