Normally, we’d need much higher-profile behind-the-scenes names than that of rookie feature director Jim O’Hanlon and unknown writer Leon Butler to get excited about a project that’s barely taking off. Especially an indie effort. And one that’s gone through a helmer and name change already.
But “A Hundred Streets”, previously titled “One Square Mile”, has Idris Elba attached as a producer and lead, and the lovely Gemma Arterton as his co-star. The rest of the just-announced cast is pretty… robust too, and filled with mostly underrated familiar faces.
Like Samantha Barks, which many, including yours truly, felt deserved a supporting actress Oscar nom for her acting and especially singing performance in “Les Misérables“. There’s also Ken Stott, aka Balin of “The Hobbit” series, Downton Abbey’s Tom Cullen, Steven Mackintosh (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”), Charlie Creed-Miles (“Wild Bill”), and Emma Rigby (“The Counselor”).
I guess Idris Elba needs no introduction after his central roles in “Pacific Rim” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, whereas Gemma Arterton is sadly not as famous yet, doing her absolute best in otherwise shoddy flicks such as “Quantum of Solace”, “Prince of Persia” or “Clash of the Titans”. That’s a bloody capable ensemble, ain’t it?
Too bad the premise isn’t exactly original and unique, ripping off the intertwining narrative of “Crash” among others, but moving the drama from the streets of Los Angeles to London. Oh, well, they had me at “produced by Idris Elba”.