Acclaimed True Detective season one director (emphasis on *season one*) Cary Fukunaga is releasing his Oscar bait Beasts of No Nation on October 16 with a bit of an unusual twist: It will hit theaters and Netflix at the same damn time. This is one of the first Netflix original films (like the upcoming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel), and it should be interesting to see how the new release format will change the movie-going climate. The National Association of Theatre Owners boycotted the film earlier this year (because it doesn't abide by the at-least-90-day rule between theater and streaming release), but Bleecker Street and Landmark chains will be giving the film the big screen look it deserves.
Above, watch the intense first trailer for Beasts, starring Idris Elba as a warlord commander who recruits a child soldier (Abraham Attah) during a civil war in their West African home country. The film is based off a 2005 novel of the same name, written by Uzodinma Iweala.
The film will debut at Venice Film Festival and then show at the Toronto International Film Festival.
(Hey, Nic Pizzolatto: Netflix and chill?)