Idris Elba Goes on a Rampage in First Trailer For ‘Bastille Day’

Written by on February 16, 2016 

Bastile Day

While America has Independence Day, the French celebrate Bastille Day 10 days later and this year they’ll have a film of the same title. Rather than depicting the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 — the basis of the French holiday — it’s a straight-up, modern-day action feature starring Idris Elba.

Coming from The Woman in Black director James Watkins, the film follows the Beasts of No Nation star as a CIA agent who helps a pickpocket (Richard Madden) uncover a larger conspiracy. Set for a release in the April in the U.K., Focus Features has yet to set a U.S. date but one can hopefully expect it by the end of the year. Also starring Charlotte Le Bon, Eriq Ebouaney and José Garcia, check out the trailer below.

Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game Of Thrones) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba, Avengers: Age Of Ultron), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale criminal conspiracy in the heart of the police force.

Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr chase ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.

Bastille Day hits U.K. theaters on April 22nd.


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