Beast: release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything we know (2024)

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Beast sees Idris Elba taking on an entirely new on-screen enemy: a large, ferocious lion who's become incredibly territorial and will stop at nothing to prove he's the one in charge.

Previously we've seen Idris Elba fighting supervillains in The Suicide Squad and Thor where he played the roles of Bloodsport and the Norse god Heimdall, but now he stars as Dr. Nate Samuels, a wildlife biologist taking a trip with his family.

His South African trip is important to him and it also gives him the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend, but as you can imagine, their peaceful safari is soon disrupted when an alpha-male lion makes his presence known.

The movie is directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur who is known for Netflix series Katla as well as films such as Everest and Adrift.

Here's everything you need to know about Beast...

Beast release date

Beast is released in US theaters on August 19, with the UK release following just a few days later on August 26 2022.

What is the movie Beast about?

The official plot via Universal reads: "Recently widowed Dr. Nate Daniels (Idris Elba) and his two teenage daughters travel to a South African game reserve managed by Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley), an old family friend and wildlife biologist.

"However, what begins as a journey of healing soon turns into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of bloodthirsty poachers, begins stalking them."

Who is in the cast of Beast?

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Beast stars Idris Elba as Nate alongside Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries who plays his daughters Meredith and Norah. Meanwhile, Sharlto Copleyis Martin Battles and Riley Keoughplays a character called Savanna.

Other cast includes Melanie Jarnson, Damon Burtley, Robby MacIsaac and Billy Gallagher.

What is the run time of Beast?

Beast has a run time of 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Is Beast rated R/18?

Yes, Beastis rated R by the MPAA For violent content, bloody images and some language. In the UK it has a 15 rating.

Is the movie Beast a remake?

No, Beast is not a remake and is based on a story byJaime Primak Sullivan. The screenplay was written by Ryan Engle.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a terrifying first trailer for Beast has been released and gives us a look at the lion in action, with plenty of tense moments as our characters try to survive out in the wild.

It starts out nice, with the Samuels arriving and reminiscing about their late wife and mother, but peace is soon disrupted once the lion makes his presence known and we even see Idris Elba trying to take a swing at the king of the jungle! You can watch below...

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Beast: release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything we know (2024)

FAQs

What is the storyline of the movie Beast? ›

Is Beast a hit or flop? ›

Beast was released on 13 April 2022 in theatres to mixed reviews from critics. Despite this, the film was a commercial success, grossing ₹217–300 crore worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Tamil films of all time. A sequel was announced the following year.

Is Beast the movie based on a true story? ›

The famous man-eating lions of Tsavo (which may have inspired this film) actually did consume the people they killed, and are now understood to have been injured and living in a prey-depleted system. The lion in Beast, who hunts humans without consuming them, is entirely fictional.

Is Beast worth watching? ›

Some of them just have movie stars fighting a creature they could not possibly fight in real life. But, in many of these cases, the movie is just fun. Content collapsed. Though peopled with characters behaving irrationally, this Baltasar Kormákur directorial is enjoyable in an economic, bare-bones way.

What happens at the end of Beast? ›

After several injuries, the two male lions from the pride finally join the fight, taking on the rogue creature in a mighty lion battle. Despite his injuries, Nate survives thanks to the arrival of Banji, an employee of the reserve. Beast's ending sees Nate reuniting with his daughters.

Who is the killer in Beast? ›

Serial Killer: One has been operating in Moll's community for a number of years, raping and killing young women. Pascal is suspected of being the killer, forming one of the main plots of the film. In the end, it's revealed he really was the killer all along.

What went wrong with Beast? ›

In Beast there was no real difference in Vijay's characterization. It was usual Vijay doing a Die Hard movie. There was nothing unique in the movie that one can call as Nelson's touch. This is why it flopped.

Where is Beast filmed? ›

The new movie Beast takes place in a South African game preserve and, to make the setting completely authentic, the cast and crew shot the entire film in South Africa.

Were real lions used in the movie Beast? ›

Shooting with real lions was never really an option, so we knew we were going to have CG animals. In order to shoot the film, we needed to do previs, and that started with The Third Floor.

Why is Beast rated R? ›

Rated R for violent content, bloody images and some language.

Who is the real Beast? ›

The Beast is actually a prince who was cursed (as well as his servants) for his arrogance, and the only way he could break the curse was by learning to love.

Is Beast OK for kids to watch? ›

Expect scenes of intense violence, some with blood and occasionally featuring gore. There are also jump scares and weapons-based interactions, both between humans and between humans and the lion.

Is Beast considered a horror movie? ›

Beast is a 2022 survival action horror film directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, based on a story by Jaime Primak Sullivan.

Is Beast a good guy or a bad guy? ›

During the Krakoan Age 2020s X-Men storylines, Beast assumes an antagonistic role to the other X-Men, becoming an outright villain. The character has also appeared in media adaptations, including animated TV series and feature films.

What creature is Beast based on? ›

Inspired by a buffalo head that he purchased from a taxidermist, Keane decided to base the Beast's appearance on a variety of wild animals, drawing inspiration from the mane of a lion, head of a buffalo, brow of a gorilla, tusks of a wild boar, legs and tail of a wolf, and body of a bear.

Did the lion survive in Beast? ›

But Beast threw another twist their way, revealing the singed, scarred lion survived the blast. It hunted the family down to show it was the apex predator, intent on devouring them. Nate grabbed a gun, shot it, and then led it away from his girls.

How did the beast get turned into a Beast? ›

A young prince who once lived a pampered life, he was notoriously selfish and unkind in his youth. As punishment for his cruel behavior, the prince was cursed by a mysterious Enchantress and transformed into a hideous beast. Only by loving another and earning their love in return, would the spell be broken.

What is the story of the beast inside? ›

The Beast Inside is told from the perspective of two main characters. First is Adam, a CIA cryptanalyst (codebreaker) working to crack codes during the height of the cold war (1979). He's recently moved with his pregnant wife to a remote forest estate, both to clear his head and ensure his safety from Russian agents.

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