Rapper and business mogul Jay-Z, who collaborated with Jeymes Samuel on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, will be producing the new Netflix drama, The Harder They Fall, alongside James Lassiter, Lawrence Bender and Samuel. Actor Idris Elba is also all set to join Jonathan Majors in the all-black western revenge drama directed by Samuel, who is also known as singer-songwriter The Bullitts. This film will be his directorial debut.
The story follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who, upon discovering that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades previously is being released from prison, reunites with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.
Elba, who is repped by WME and the U.K.’s Artist Partnership, recently co-starred with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” which grossed more then $750 million worldwide. He can be seen next in Tom Hoopers’ “Cats” adaptation at Universal and Working Title. Elba is also currently shooting “The Suicide Squad” with Margot Robbie at Warner Bros. and also has the George Miller movie “Three Thousand Years and Longing” opposite Tilda Swinton.