Netflix has just announced that English actor, producer, and musician Idris Elba will be starring, directing, and producing for the modern retelling of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame!
Idris Elba will star, direct and produce in a modern retelling of Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” for @Netflix.
The film is currently untitled but I'm strongly suggesting "Hunchback of Notre DAAAAAMN" pic.twitter.com/8KZ4YBfU8Z
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) May 23, 2018
Aside from playing the role of Quasimodo in the film, the 45-year old actor is also set to produce the music to give the film a sonic and musical experience. The film adaptation will also be produced under Elba's company Green Door Pictures (In the Long Run, Guerilla), along with Automatik's Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (La La Land, Insidious).
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a French gothic novel by Victor Hugo centering on Quasimodo, a half-blind hunchback who rings the bell of Notre Dame. He falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda, and attempts to give her shelter after she gets accused of killing the man she favors.