Idris Elba has earned himself a reputation as a smooth operator, often playing charismatic roles that mix authority and assurance with a hint of insecurity below the surface. It’s no surprise that the 43-year-old has been linked with James Bond, one of the most charming roles in cinema.
After rising to fame as the spectacled intellectual drug kingpin Stringer Bell in the critically acclaimed TV show The Wire between 2002 and 2004, Elba has taken on a variety of roles, which have resulted in nominations at both the Golden Globes and The Emmys.
Further to his success in the gritty HBO crime drama, Elba returned to the UK to star in the leading role in Luther, as an obsessive detective who falls victim to the tough lifestyle of his profession. His portrayal earned the actor a number of awards, including a Golden Globe.
A Move From TV To Hollywood
Thanks to his performances on the small screen, a transition into Hollywood was inevitable; as well as small roles in films such as American Gangster (2007) and RocknRolla (2008), Elba began his transition into the Hollywood A-list with appearances in the MCU as the Asgardian guard Heimdall in Thor (2011), Thor: Dark World (2013) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
The Brit also showed a penchant for sci-fi, by appearing in the Alien prequel, Prometheus (2012) as well as a leading role in Pacific Rim (2013) as Stacker Pentecost. Following a standout performance in the Netflix original Beasts of No Nation in 2015, this year Elba has voiced both Chief Bogo in Zootopia and Shere Khan in the remake of the Jungle Book.
While we’ll have to wait to see if Elba replaces Daniel Craig as , let’s have a look at what else the actor is working on:
1. Finding Dory (2016)
Release date: 17 June, 2016
Role: He’ll voice Fluke, a sea lion.
The highly anticipated Pixar sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo is very, very close to release. Set six months after the events in the animated classic, the story will focus on Dory the fish with short term memory loss, and her quest to reunite with her family.
2. A Hundred Streets (2016)
Release date: 8 June, 2016
The indie film will focus on three different characters living in London, intertwining their stories across a hundred streets within the UK capital.
Elba will play an ex-Rugby star, and will feature opposite Gemma Arterton, who will play his estranged wife.
3. Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Release date: 22 July, 2016
The iconic sci-fi franchise is back, with the third installment of the rebooted series following Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Elba will play the , Krall, a reptilian alien who captures the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
4. Guerrilla (2017)
Release date: Some point in 2017
Little is known about Elba’s role in this mysterious series, set in 1970’s London. The overall premise of the show focuses on activists who free a political prisoner.
5. The Dark Tower (2017)
Release date: 17 February, 2017
Role: Roland Deschain / The Gunslinger
Based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel series, Elba Deschain, a gunslinger who is on a mystical quest to uncover the Dark Tower in the hope of saving his world.
The big 2017 release will also feature Matthew McConaughey.
6. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Release date: 3 November, 2017
Elba will again reprise his role in the MCU to play the guard of the Bifrost Bridge in the third solo Thor movie. While no details of the plot have yet been released, we know the Hulk will feature, with the MCU favorites Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo all featuring.