StudioCanal Pulls Idris Elba Thriller ‘Bastille Day’ From French Theaters
With Idris Elba at the epicenter of Bond rumors and The Dark Tower production gossip, more than a few of us have kept our eye on the reviews of Bastille Day, a new thriller starring Elba as a CIA agent and former Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as a pickpocket caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even if the reviews of the film have been mostly average, it did offer us a valuable look at Elba as both an international spy and a modern gunslinger, something we hope to see a lot more of soon.
With this week’s devastating attacks in Nice, France, though, a movie about a series of bombings related to Bastille Day is more than a little in bad taste, and the company behind Bastille Day knows this. According to Deadline, StudioCanal has asked exhibitors to pull the film from all French theaters for an indefinite amount of time. As the article notes, this follows shortly on the heels of earlier requests from StudioCanal to pull all advertising for the film.
There are always two sides to a situation like this. Keep the movie in theaters and you run the risk of being seen as insensitive towards people who have recently lived through such traumatic events; pull the movie and you are possibly confirming that the actions of violent people can have the sort of ramifications they were hoping for. This announcement comes on the heels of another similar event, where USA Network’s new television series Shooter was postponed due to the events in Dallas, Texas. There’s no easy answer in situations like this, but hopefully, Bastille Day will be available for those who want to see it without being a hurtful reminder for those who don’t.
For those interested, here is the full Bastille Day synopsis:
Michael Mason (Richard Madden)is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Idris Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale criminal conspiracy in the heart of the police force.
As of now, no North American release date for Bastille Day has been set.