Novi actress Leah Jeffries hosts “Beast” movie screening


Prior to the release of the film “Beast”, 12 year old actress from Novi, Leah Jeffries, hosted a screening in Detroit Saturday night for friends and family to watch her role on the big screen.

“I’m so happy to see them (friends and family) after a long time being gone filming other shows and movies,” Jeffries said. “I cannot wait for my family to see this, I’m just super excited.”

Novi resident Leah Jeffries smiles as she prepares to address the audience before the start of the premiere of Beast at the Emagine Royal Oak, Saturday, Aug.  13, 2022, in Royal Oak, Mich.  (Jose Juarez/Special to Detroit News)

The thriller film, directed by Baltasar Kormákur and starring Idris Elba as Dr. Nate Daniels, will hit theaters on August 19. Jeffries plays the role of Norah Samuels in the film, one of Elba’s character’s two daughters. The role of his other daughter is portrayed by Iyana Halley.

After the recent loss of his wife, Dr. Daniels travels with his daughters to a game reserve in South Africa owned by a friend and wildlife biologist. However, the trip takes a turn when the family becomes threatened by a violent, man-hunting lion.

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