Beast: Trailer, Cast, Release Date, and Everything We Know So Far

Beast: Trailer, Cast, Release Date, and Everything We Know So Far

Beast is an American adventure survival thriller movie directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a screenplay by Ryan Engle. It is based on a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan. The movie stars Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Sava Jeffries, and Riley Keough.

Idris Elba has undoubtedly been busy recently, with an impressive list of significant roles that only seems to be getting bigger. Though he recently stated that he wants to put more of a focus on his music career, the star of Pacific Rim has still lent his acting talents to several high-profile projects such as Fast and the Furious: Hobbs and ShawThe Suicide Squad, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. His current status as a household name continues to serve him well, with the star returning to his roots later this year by reprising John Luther in the upcoming Luther film, as well as starring in the hotly anticipated Three Thousand Years of Longing, which received an admirable six-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Coincidentally, August will be a big month for Elba as just two months before Three Thousand Years of Longing premieres, his next project Beast will hit screens. This time the leading man will be thrust into the African savannah and go toe to toe with a vicious, bloodthirsty…well, “beast”. With the action-thriller quickly generating buzz since its recent trailer premiere, here is everything we know so far about Beast.




In the first trailer for Beast, Elba plays Dr. Nate Samuels, who is the main character. Nate and his two daughters are going on a trip to the African Savannah. Their experienced tour guide has promised them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

That proved to be true in the worst way possible when the group stumbles upon an injured local, before finding a village that had suffered a vicious lion attack. What’s unusual about the chaotic scene is that the bodies showed no signs of being eaten, indicating that whatever did this did it for sport, not for survival. It’s not long before the Samuels family comes face to face with the beast, and their quest for survival officially begins.

Release Date of Beast

Beast is set to roar exclusively into theaters towards the end of the Summer season, Friday, August 19, 2022, to be exact. This means that August will be a big month for Idris Elba considering how his next movie, Three Thousand Years of Longing, is set to come out a week and a half later on Wednesday, August 31.

Beast can only be seen in a theater when it first comes out, but given how movies have been released since the pandemic, it will likely be available to stream soon. It’s still unclear when or where it will be available to stream, but since Universal made it, it will most likely be on the Peacock, which NBCUniversal owns. If not, you’ll probably be able to rent it from home about a month and a half after the movie comes out.

The Plot of Beast

After their matriarch dies, the Samuels family doesn’t know what to do with their lives. Since then, there has been an apparent rift between them. Dr. Nate Samuels no longer has a wife, and his two daughters, Meredith and Norah, no longer have a mother.

Nate wants to get his family back together, so he takes the girls on a trip to Africa, where they hope to have a relaxing and fun time walking through the African savannah.

With the help of their African Wilderness expert, tour guide, and friend Martin Battles, the family embarks on what was supposed to be a one-of-a-kind adventure. Technically they were right, as this was a unique situation they would soon find themselves in, but in all the worst ways possible.


Their nature sightseeing tour is cut short when they find a severely injured man on the road, where he’s in a state of shock saying the word “devil” over and over again. Nate and Martin investigate the nearby village to see if there’s any evidence of this “devil”, and they find a shocking amount of dead bodies littered throughout the site. The bite marks and tracks seem to indicate that this was a lion attack, but what doesn’t add up is how the bodies were not eaten, almost as if whatever killed them did it to entertain itself. Soon enough, the bloodthirsty king of the jungle has the Samuels family in its sights, and it likely won’t rest until his new prey shares the fate of the village it slaughtered.

The Cast of Beast

The hero who will be tackling the evil lion the most will be Idris Elba, who has had too many iconic roles in the past few years to count, including the all-seeing god Heimdall from the Thor trilogy, the human-hating tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book remake, and most recently as the hot-headed echidna Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. As great as he was in all of those roles, it’s nice to see him back in the lead as the main protagonist in Beast.

Also, the cast includes the following,

  • Sharlto Copley as Martin Battles
  • Riley Keough as Savanna
  • Melanie Jarnson
  • Damon Burtley
  • Iyana Halley as Meredith Samuels
  • Leah Jeffries as Norah Samuels
  • Amara Miller
  • Robby MacIsaac
  • Billy Gallagher

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