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Thor's Idris Elba Will Direct, Star in Netflix's Hunchback of Notre Dame

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Idris Elba is adapting the Victor Hugo classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

The Thor: Ragnarok actor will direct, produce and star in the "modern remake" of the story, based on a screenplay by Michael Mitnick (The Current War). This isn't Elba's first time behind the camera, as he made his directorial debut with the crime drama Yardie, which premiered in February at Sundance.

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Published in 1831, Hugo's novel revolves around Quasimodo, the physically deformed bell ringer of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and his relationships with his caretaker, the Archdeacon Claude Frollo, and the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, in 1492 Paris. The Hunchback of Notre Dame adapted numerous times for film and television, perhaps most memorably in Disney's Oscar-nominated 1996 animated musical.

Elba played Heimdall, the all-seeing Asgardian warrior and protector of the Bifrost, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2011 with Thor. He can currently be seen, if only briefly, in Avengers: Infinity War.

The 45-year-old English actor also famously starred in the title role on BBC One's Luther, played drug lord Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He also provided the voice of Shere Khan in Disney's live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book.

(via Deadline)

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