Idris Elbe directs and stars in new survival thriller, Above below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Loneliest Boy in the World’s Elba and Martin Owen are directing a new survival thriller that takes place largely underwater for Lionsgate. The film, which began filming last week, also stars Caitlin FitzGerald and Hero Fiennes Tiffin alongside Elba.
What is above and below about?
In Above the Below, Elba plays a character named Jackson, a mission commander leading a team of astronauts attempting to return to Earth. But things go wrong and the astronaut capsule ends up sinking to the bottom of the ocean, leaving the trio trapped.
Based on an original idea by Owen, Above the Below is written by Elizabeth Morris, Matt Mitchell and Vicki Sargent. Future Artists Entertainment developed the storyline.
“Working with the industry’s best and brightest British actors on this complex and exciting shoot, we are creating a thrill-seeking film that takes us from Earth’s outer atmosphere to the depths of the ocean.” , said Matt Williams, CEO of Future Artists Entertainment. . “This is cinema at its most challenging and exciting. With Idris and Martin at the helm, Above the Below promises to be an unforgettable cinematic experience about the extremes of survival, against all odds!
Williams is producing the film with Gina Carter, while Pascal Degove will executive produce.
“Partnering with Idris, Martin and their team of superstar filmmakers is a spectacular opportunity to deliver a non-stop roller coaster film for our 2024 lineup,” added Helen Lee Kim of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. “Idris, Hero and Caitlin are three magnetic actors who bring incredible depth to their roles and will no doubt have us rooting for them to survive from start to finish.”
Elba is best known for starring in The Wire, the Thor franchise, and many other titles. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2018 with Yardie and he is also attached to direct, produce and star in an action thriller titled Infernus.