Idris Elba Boards Uzo Oleh’s Oscar-Qualifying Short ‘Edicius’ as Executive Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

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“The Suicide Squad” star Idris Elba has boarded Uzo Oleh’s short thriller “Edicius” as an executive producer, Variety can exclusively reveal.

The film stars “Chernobyl” actor Michael Socha as Jason, a man who works on behalf of a powerful organization. “When Jason uncovers the truth behind his most powerful client, he realises his life is on the line” reads the synopsis. “But a visit from his intuition, a man with his exact likeness, claims to have the answers to save him. All Jason has to do is trust him…but can he?”

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Adele “Adesuwa” Oni (“Hanna and The Witcher”), Stuart Bowman (“Bodyguard”) and newcomer Sahera Khan also star.

Oleh (above right), a photographer and director, has previously worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment including Elba, Cara Delevingne and Lady Gaga. His photography has appeared in Vogue and I-D Magazine as well as exhibitions worldwide. He has also directed a number of commercials.

“To trust our intuition is a familiar theme, but ‘Edicius’ dares to imagine the consequences of rejecting those gut instincts in a truly nightmarish tale,” says Elba. “Uzo is a director who is one to watch.”

The short also features a stand-out crew including cinematographer Tristan Chenais (“Amare amaro”), production designer Philip Murphy (“Saving Private Ryan”), editor John Smith (“Sliding Doors”) and composer Thomas Farnon (“The Crown”). Academy Award-winning sound designer Glenn Freemantle (“Gravity”) also contributed to the project.

“Edicius” has already been selected for a slew of film festivals including Raindance, Newport Beach and the upcoming Norwich Film Festival and is a qualifier for both the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs.

Check out the trailer below:

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