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Netflix released the first official trailer for its original film entitled, Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba. As you can see, it’s an intense film about a West African boy who is forced to become a soldier when civil war tears his family apart. Elba plays an African warlord who attempts to transform the little boy into a ruthless killer.

The Cary Fukunaga-directed flick premieres in select theaters, and on Netflix on October 16, just in time for Academy Award consideration.

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