Idris Elba is climbing the steps of Notre Dame.
The actor has signed on to star in, direct, and produce a new film version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix, EW has confirmed. Michael Mitnick (The Current War) is writing the as-yet-untitled script, which will be a “modern retelling” of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel. The story was most famously adapted into the 1996 Disney movie, and it tells the tale of a hunchback named Quasimodo who falls in love with a gypsy named Esmerelda.
Like the Disney movie, Elba’s version is described as a “sonic and musical experience,” and Elba will also be producing the film’s music.
Elba has a long history with Netflix: He’s working on a Netflix comedy series called Turn Up Charlie, and he earned a Golden Globe nomination for starring in Beasts of No Nation, one of the streaming service’s first high-profile releases. He made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with Yardie, which premiered at Sundance.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.