The film tells the story of a lonely scholar (Tilda Swinton) who happens to chance upon a mystical “Djinn” (Elba) that offers her three wishes. Whether or not she takes the plunge forms the rest of the story.
Idris steps into the shoes of a Djinn- a magical creature from ancient folklore… and if director George Miller is anything to go by, the British star was born to take on this role.
“I was at an awards ceremony, and I met Idris. I’d seen him on the screen but meeting him in person had another dimension to it, and I knew he could take on the Djinn”, says Miller.
Talking about what made Elba the perfect fit, the Academy Award winning filmmaker adds, “It’s the charisma. On the one hand, Idris is completely accessible. He could be your best friend. On the other hand, there is a deep reserve of mystery. That paradox, I believe, is the essence of charisma.”
The film’s trailer has already become a raging sensation online, and if early reactions are to be believed, Miller has crafted a spellbinding saga that is meant to be experienced on the big screen. Looks like audiences have a visual treat to look forward to this August.
PVR Pictures release, “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” directed by George Miller, starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton among others, in cinemas from 26th of August 2022.