‘No Good Deed’ Trailer: Idris Elba Goes Full Villainous

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Despite an increasingly rich and varied career, highly in-demand actor Idris Elba has rarely played out-and-out villainous characters. Even his first major screen role as Russell “Stringer” Bell (on The Wire) inverted audience expectations of a drug kingpin, creating a layered and often sympathetic sort of sociopath.

This pattern looks to change with No Good Deed, an upcoming film that stars Elba as an obsessive, unhinged criminal. In the thriller, Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest) stars as a comfortable suburban mom tricked into allowing a stranded traveler into her house during a torrential storm. It quickly becomes apparent that the man invading her home has dark plans indeed, and soon Henson must fight back in order to protect herself and her family.

Beyond its impressive primary cast, there’s not much so far to distinguish No Good Deed from the usual home-invasion thriller. The trailer above lays out the plot beats with an almost dispiriting reliability. Unless the actual movie deploys some serious surprises – or shows off much more intense interpersonal drama than evidenced here – No Good Deed looks to be pretty bog-standard stuff.

No Good Deed Idris Elba No Good Deed Trailer: Idris Elba Goes Full Villainous

Then again, Elba has an uncanny knack for elevating pulp, and he certainly seems to be throwing himself all-in with this particular role. Additionally, Henson is definitely no slouch as an actress. Their talents – as well as any unspoken twists in the formula – could make No Good Deed worth watching.

In addition to Elba and Henson, No Good Deed stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man), Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue), and Kate del Castillo (The Book of Life). No Good Deed is directed by Sam Miller (Black Sails).

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No Good Deed will break into theaters on September 12th, 2014.

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  1. This looks good. I like Elba as a villain.

  2. We need another trailer…not sure they put enough footage in this one

    That’s sarcasm if you can’t tell

    Seriously… looks OK

  3. “Henson is definitely no slouch as an actress.”-understatement! Now what man in his right mind would go on any trip and Taraji P. at home? What the fragle-rock was he thinking!!!

    But I hope to see Henry Simmons & Elba duke it out! That would be a good one I think.

  4. Awesome actor trailer looks really good.

  5. “an almost dispiriting reliability”

    Very nice.

    Elba’s the man, but he’s destined for greater than this.

  6. The Revenge of Stringer Bell!

    Looks good as a villain again.

  7. After Tarji P. Henson’s character(Det.Joss Carter)on Person Of Interest,was killed off,I was kind of worried that we would not be seeing this great and underrated actress,doing her thing for a while,but with Think Like A Man,Too and now No Good Deed coming soon,I’m glad I can put those fears to rest. Congrats Tarji.

    • I strongly concur with that statement!

  8. Move over Denzel! lol

  9. You forgot to mention ‘Luther’ Elba is amazing as the London detective, slightly unhinged but ruthless. A great TV series, check it out on netflix.

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