Idris Elba as Shere Khan

Disney has picked up momentum in developing its version of The Jungle Book, which is set to be a live-action film with extensive CG embellishment. The project has just cast Idris Elba as Shere Khan, the tiger whose name literally means “king.” Elba has a regal bearing no matter what he’s doing, and even his voice alone should be able to command respect, and instill fear. Read More »

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Alive Alone

Briefly: The odds of a Prometheus sequel seemingly dwindle by the day, but two of its stars are set to team up for a Black List script and are bringing Jake Sully alone for the ride. Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington are set to star in Alive Alone, written and directed by Khurram Longi. Elba will play a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who now drives a cab in New York City. Rapace is a prostitute on the run from an evil crime boss (Worthington); she jumps in Elba’s cab and seeks his help. The deal was made at the Berlin Film Festival. [THR]

POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2014 (header)

It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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Idris Elba Confirms He Met With Marvel About ‘Luke Cage’

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Just about every actor in Hollywood has been cast in, linked to, or rumored for a Marvel superhero at some point or other, but one story that’s cropped up quite a few times over the years is that Idris Elba was in the running to play Luke Cage. Elba himself seemed perfectly happy to roll with this particular claim, telling press he’d “like a stab” at the character.

Ultimately, though, nothing came of that chatter. The long-rumored movie languished in development, and a few weeks ago Marvel announced that they were developing the character for a Netflix series. But for what it’s worth, Elba confirms now that he actually got as far as meeting with Marvel at some point. Hit the jump to see what he had to say about it, as well as his comments on those James Bond and Jurassic Park rumors.

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Idris Elba to Save Paris in ‘Bastille Day’

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Thanks to Garry Marshall, we can’t hear of a movie title named after a holiday without fearing that it’ll be another dreadful sequel to Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. But fear not — Bastille Day has about as much in common with those films as Taken does with What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Instead, Bastille Day centers around a CIA agent who’s tasked with stopping a terrorist attack on Paris. And playing the part of the hero will be Idris Elba, fresh off of Thor: The Dark World. More about the new film after the jump.

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Prometheus - Idris Elba

Director Colin Trevorrow is currently shopping for dinosaur food. He’s already lined up Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard and Josh Brolin to potentially be eaten by genetically engineered creatures in the 2015 sequel Jurassic World. Now a rumor has begun to circulate of another possible meal for a T-Rex.

His name is Idris Elba, star of The Wire, Luther and this year’s Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Thor: The Dark World and Pacific Rim. Elba’s casting has yet to be confirmed, and his representation as well as Universal Pictures, have yet to comment. If it’s true though, he’s an awesome addition to what’s looking like a delicious cast.

Update: Elba’s publicist says the rumor is not true.

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Mandela Long Walk to Freedom

It can be tough for a biopic to stand out in the fall, when the theaters are thick with Oscar-baity prestige movies based on true stories. But the latest trailer for Justin Chadwick‘s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has a musical secret weapon.

The new video is set to the tune “Ordinary Love” by U2, the band’s first new song in three years. So whether you’re a fan of Bono, Idris Elba, or Nelson Mandela himself, you’ll want to check it out after the jump. Read More »

Idris Elba Luther

It amazes me that there are so many fans of great TV, and so many fans of Idris Elba, yet so few people have heard of or watched Luther. The BBC show, created by Neil Cross, follows a dangerously determined police detective who gets much too involved in his investigations. Eventually his already questionable morality reaches a breaking point when he’s forced to work with a woman he knows, but can’t prove, is a killer.

The first two seasons of the show are currently on Netflix and the third, which aired this summer, will be released on Blu-ray next month. Though it might sound like every other cop show out there, it’s much more character-driven and cinematic. It’s highly recommended.

For those who have seen the show, the fact that the third season is the end is obviously a disappointment. Elba and Cross feel your pain and are hoping to bring the show to the big screen. Cross has written a prequel script that he’s hoping to shoot next year. Read More »

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