Idris Elba has recently made headlines with his latest project, the survival thriller “Above the Below,” which he is set to star in and direct for Lionsgate. The movie, currently in production at Pinewood Studios, will also feature Caitlin FitzGerald and Hero Fiennes Tiffin in leading roles, with Martin Owen co-directing alongside Elba.
The plot of “Above the Below” revolves around a trio of astronauts who must navigate a chaotic and destructive re-entry to Earth, only to find themselves completely isolated and off course. As their capsule begins to sink into the unknown depths of the ocean, their battle for survival becomes increasingly tense and gripping.
Elba takes on the role of Jackson, the mission commander, while FitzGerald portrays Brooks, the determined co-pilot, and Fiennes Tiffin plays Rhodes, an idealistic astronaut on his first mission. The script for the film was developed by Future Artists Entertainment, with an original idea by Martin Owen and written by Elizabeth Morris, Matt Mitchell, and Vicki Sargent.
In a recent statement, Matt Williams, CEO of Future Artists Entertainment, expressed his excitement about the project, stating, “Working with the UK’s best and brightest in the industry on this complex and thrilling shoot, we are creating a thrill-ride movie that takes us from the Earth’s outer atmosphere to the very depths of the ocean. This is filmmaking at its most challenging and most exciting. With Idris and Martin at the helm, ‘Above the Below’ is shaping up to be an unforgettable movie experience about the extremes of survival, against all odds!”
The film is being produced by Williams and Gina Carter, with Pascal Degove, former Managing Director of Goldcrest Films, serving as executive producer. Helen Lee Kim, president of global sales at Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, also expressed her enthusiasm about the project, emphasizing the magnetic performances of Elba, FitzGerald, and Fiennes Tiffin.
The project marks Elba’s second foray into directing, following his debut directorial feature, “Yardie.” Known for his roles in “Thor,” “Luther,” and “The Suicide Squad,” Elba has established himself as a versatile and dynamic actor. FitzGerald, who has appeared in “Masters of Sex” and “Succession,” brings a depth of experience to her role, while Fiennes Tiffin, known for his role in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” continues to solidify his presence in the industry.
Elba is represented by The Artists Partnership and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole, while FitzGerald is represented by Gersh, the Curtis Brown Group, Anonymous Content, and Peikoff Mahan. Fiennes Tiffin is represented by CAA, The Artists Partnership, Vybe Trybe, and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.
The collaboration between Elba, Lionsgate, and the talented cast and crew promises to deliver a visually stunning and emotionally gripping film that will captivate audiences upon its release in 2024. “Above the Below” is set to be an unmissable cinematic experience that challenges the boundaries of survival and resilience in the face of insurmountable odds.