“Bastille Day” Movie Starring Idris Elba Pulled from French Theaters Following Nice Truck Attack

Idris Elba and Charlotte Le Bon in Bastille Day, which was being shown in 230 cinemas in France before it was pulled. Photograph: Studio Canal
Idris Elba and Charlotte Le Bon in Bastille Day, which was being shown in 230 cinemas in France before it was pulled. Photograph: Studio Canal

Thriller starring Idris Elba as CIA agent thwarting terror attack in Paris withdrawn in respect for victims and families

The action thriller Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba, has been pulled from French cinemas following the Nice truck attack.

The film, in which Elba plays a CIA agent aiming to thwart a terrorist attack in Paris on the national holiday, was released in France on Wednesday.

The next day Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd of people who had been watching a fireworks display in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring more than 200 more.

Distributors StudioCanal had already decided to take down posters and adverts for the film, which had been marketed with the tagline “Cette Année, Le Feu d’Artifice C’est Eux” (“This year, they are the fireworks”). It was being shown in 230 cinemas and StudioCanal had originally left it to them to decide whether to show it.

But, on Saturday, Antoine Banet-Rivet, a spokesman for the distributors, said the film had been withdrawn from cinemas out of respect for the victims and their families.

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SOURCE: The Guardian