A police van is surrounded by would-be extras of Idris Elba’s first directing project, Yardie [Twitter/@Francisimz]
Idris is directing his first project, Yardie, set in the Afro-Caribbean community of 1983’s Hackney, and put out a casting call for Monday May 8.
The Dark Tower star got more than he bargained for when the day arrived with the streets outside Whitmore Community Centre being flooded with people hoping to get cast.
One person tweeted: “At the @idriselba casting. Chaos, girl almost got crushed to death. No organisation.”
“#idriselbacasting it’s actually popping off police have the road locked off, ppl are blocking the Road,” tweeted another person at the event.
“@idriselba this wasn’t planned well.”
Idris himself posted a video to Instagram explaining to his followers that they were forced to shut the casting down because of the high turn out.
“We’ve only got until 9 o’clock and already I’m asked to shut it down because of the numbers,” he explained.
“I don’t wanna shut it down but I gotta be honest with you.”
Idris Elba is directing the film based on Victor Headley’s novel[Jerritt Clark/Getty Images]
Idris has urged fans who want to be considered for the film to send headshots to the casting agency instead.
Yardie is based on Victor Headley’s novel and follows “D, a courier carrying cocaine from Jamaica to London, who decides to go it alone and disappears into the mean streets of Hackney carrying a kilo of white powder that his erstwhile friends are anxious to recover.”
The casting call was pretty popular [Twitter]
The film will have heavy musical influence, which given Elba’s DJ background is no surprise.
According to Slashfilm, the production company is hoping to collaborate with Island Records to put together a killer soundtrack.
Idris Elba can next be seen in the big screen adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower opposite Matthew McConaughey.