“Thor” star Idris Elba has signed to headline “Beasts of the Nation”, the new film Cary Fukunaga, according to Deadline.

The adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel follows “the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war.”

Elba, who will play a commander, is producing.