South African actor Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries joined the film Idris Elba Universal-Will Packer The beast, which started production in South Africa.
Elba plays Dr Nate Samuels, a recently widowed husband who returns to South Africa, where he first met his wife, on a long-planned trip with their teenage daughters to a game reserve run by a old family friend and wildlife biologist. But what begins as a journey of healing turns into a formidable struggle for survival when a rogue lion, a bloodthirsty poaching survivor who now sees all humans as enemies, begins to stalk them.
Sharlto Copley (Russian doll series, Maleficent) co-stars as Nate Samuels’ old friend, Martin Battles. Halley (The hate you give is us series) plays Samuels’ 18-year-old daughter, Meredith, and Jeffries (Rel series, Empire series) plays his 13-year-old daughter, Norah.
Beast, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, will be shot entirely in South Africa during a 10-week shoot in the rural Limpopo and Northern Cape provinces and in Cape Town. The feature film works in collaboration and cooperation with South African production services company Known Associates Entertainment (KAE) and the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC).
Will Packer produces with James Lopez, president of Will Packer Productions. Ryan Engle (Unleashed, non-stop) wrote the script. Jaime Primak Sullivan and Bernard Bellew are EPs.
The beast hits theaters August 19, 2022.
Copley is represented by WME and Fourward. Halley is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Pallas Management Group and Del, Shaw, Moonves. Jeffries is represented by The Osbrink Agency, Level Talent Group and Fox Rothchild.