BBC Earth Films has tapped Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor Idris Elba (pictured) to narrate its 3D nature film Enchanted Kingdom, which is being screened and sold at the Cannes Film Festival this week.
The big budget doc, which is a coproduction with Reliance Entertainment, focuses on wildlife in Africa, and launched to a box office of more than US$5.4 million in Japan, with an opening weekend box office of $3 million, according to BBC Worldwide.
The film is directed by Neil Nightingale (Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, Great Barrier Reef) and Patrick Morris (Life, Wild Africa), and produced by Myles Connolly, Amanda Hill and Nightingale. Deepak Nayar, Stuart Ford, Marcus Arthur, Mike Newell, Mike Devlin and Miles Ketley serve as executive producers, along with co-executive producers Martyn Freeman and Mike Gunton.
International sales company IM Global will be screening the film and handling worldwide sales on the Croisette.