Sunday 18 February 2018

Bastille Day film pulled from French cinemas after Nice lorry attack

Idris Elba's new film has been pulled from French cinemas
Idris Elba's new film has been pulled from French cinemas

Idris Elba movie Bastille Day has been pulled from cinemas in France in the wake of the lorry attack in Nice that left 84 dead and many more injured.

The film, which involves a terrorist plot to bomb Paris, was released in France on Wednesday.

The attack came on Thursday in Nice as locals and tourists celebrated Bastille Day. Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

According to Variety, production and distribution company Studiocanal pulled advertisements for the film on Friday out of respect to the victims, but on Saturday they asked cinemas to stop screening the film altogether.

Before the request, many cinemas in France had continued to show Bastille Day.

Luther actor Elba stars as a former CIA agent and Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden plays a con artist in the James Watkins-directed movie, which sees the pair team up to stop a terrorist attack in the capital.

France is holding a three-day national period of mourning for the victims of the attack, and French president Francois Hollande has extended the state of emergency in place since the November 2015 Paris terror attacks.

The disruption to the film's release comes after its original release dates in the UK and Germany were delayed in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

It was released in the UK in April.

Press Association

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