‘My Daughter Didn’t Talk To Me For About Three Weeks’: Idris Elba Reveals Daughter Isan Auditioned for Role in ‘Beast’ But Didn’t Bag it, Gave Silent Treatment To His Dad

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The recent release Beast featured Idris Elba as a father who has to protect his teenage daughters from a man-eating lion while on a trip to South Africa. Speaking about the movie, the Heimdall actor revealed that this movie was also supposed to star another member of the Elba family. His daughter Isan Elba also auditioned for this movie to play his on-screen daughter but was unsuccessful in bagging the opportunity. Isan Elba is the daughter of Idris Elba and the elder of his two children. Isan Elba reportedly lost the film due to her lack of on-screen chemistry with her father.

Idris Elba and Leah Jeffries in Beast (2022) Photo by Photo Credit: Lauren Mulligan/Universal Pictures - © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Idris Elba and Leah Jeffries in Beast (2022)

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Idris Elba’s daughter failed to be his on-screen kid

In a recent interview, The Suicide Squad actor elaborated that his daughter Isan was very disheartened when she couldn’t bag the opportunity to work alongside her father.

Idris Elba and Isan Elba
Isan Elba along with Idris Elba

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According to the Luther actor, the reason cited for her rejection was a lack of on-screen chemistry with her real-life father. He further added that following the audition, she didn’t talk to him for three weeks:

“She wants to be an actress and she auditioned. And you know, it came down to chemistry in the end. You know, my daughter, she was great, but the relationship in the film and the relationship with my daughter was — the chemistry wasn’t right for film, weirdly enough. My daughter didn’t talk to me for about three weeks.”

Following that, he also praised his daughter saying that even though she couldn’t star in the film, she was supportive enough to accompany him in the premiere:


“I’m really proud of her to go through that, you know what I mean. And then not get the role, but still come to the premiere.”

This undoubtedly shows a great parenting skill on the side of Idris Elba and it can be hoped that one day we may spot the father and daughter on-screen someday.

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What does the producer have to say?

Idris Elba in Beast (2022) Photo by Photo Credit: Lauren Mulligan/Universal Pictures - © 2022 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Idris Elba in Beast (2022) 

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The producer of the movie Will Packer also commented on this issue and further explained that it is normal for a real-life relationship to not work on-screen as many aspects can’t be shown properly in the movies:

“Idris is right, some of the nuances of that real-life relationship sometimes don’t translate on screen.”

Besides Idris Elba, Beast also stars Sharlto Copley, Leah Jeffries, and Iyana Halley and is directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

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Source: Indiewire

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