Idris Elba Joins Jon Favreau & Disney’s The Jungle Book

Idris-ElbaWith two live action versions of The Jungle Book in the works – one from Warner Bros. and one from Disney – so the race is on to get them into cinemas. Now Disney’s one, which Jon Favreau is set to direct, is close to signing Idris Elba to perform and provide the voice for the tiger Shere Khan.

Shere Khan is the deadly jungle cat who stalks and threatens Mowgli, the young boy brought up by animals in the Indian jungle. He believe Mowgli is a threat that will only grow as he ages.

Robert Legato, who was instrumental to the effects in Avatar (and won an Oscar for it), will oversee the motion capture in the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling novel. He’ll work with production designers Alex McDowell (Man of Steel) and Chris Glass, and concept artists Michael Kutsche (Maleficent), Iain McCaig (Star Wars: Episode VII ) and Justin Sweet (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe). David Lowery (Iron Man ) is heading up the story team, which is working around the clock with seven full-time illustrators, with Legacy Effects in charge of rigging and creature design.

Disney is keen to beat Warner Bros.’ take on the classic story to the big screen. Currently Disney has the advantage, as  director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu stepped aside several weeks ago, and as yet there’s no replacement.

Sam Worthington, Noomi Rapace & Idris Elba Up For Alive Alone

Sam WorthingtonIt’s going to be Prometheus meets Avatar although with a decidedly non sci-fi tale, as Idris Elba and Noomie Rapace, who starred in the former, are teaming up with the latter’s Sam Worthington for Alive Alone, according to THR.

Khurram Longi’s script has already had plenty of praise as it was included on the Black List and the UK’s Brit list of the best unproduced screenplays. The film will also be Longi’s directorial debut.

Elba will play ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Jamal, who is now working as a taxi driver in New York. Rapace meanwhile is Sarah, a prostitute on the run from feared crime boss Murphy (Sam Worthington). When Sarah and Jamal’s ‘worlds collide, they unexpectedly find salvation in each other’.

It’s not clear when it will shoot.

Idris Elba Takes On Bastille Day As A US Operative In Paris

Idris-ElbaIdris Elba is having a increasingly impressive transatlantic career, with the likes of Pacific Rim in the US and London detective Luther in the UK. Now he’s planning to span the Atlantic, as the British actor is heading to Paris to play an American in Bastille Day, according to Variety.

The movie ‘revolves around a U.S. operative (Elba) who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris Metro. After several more attacks, the operative realises the boy is innocent and may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.’

Andrew Baldwin wrote the script, although no director is attached as yet.

Pacific Rim (Blu-ray)

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There’s a saying in Hollywood that if a film is bad critics blame the screenwriter, but if it’s good, it’s the director who gets the credit. There’s a certain amount of truth in that, and it’s something that would be easy to do with Pacific Rim. The action scenes are terrific, it looks amazing and the world building is impressive, but the characters feel a bit like action figures.

The problem is that the film tries to create archetypes more than people – the hero with something to overcome, the damaged love interest, the grizzled commander, the arrogant  colleague who’s convinced the hero with fail. It’s a common tactic with big tentpole films, and writers Guillermo Del Toro and Travis Beachman have certainly been thumbing through their copies of Joseph Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces to try and understand the archetypes they need to fulfil the hero’s journey – from being reluctantly called to action, to a flirtation with resurrection – however the result is characters that don’t feel quite real. [Read more...]

Thor: The Dark World (Cinema)

Thor – The Dark World is the 8th installment set in the Marvel’s Interconnected Universe, and this time the franchise has a new director, Alan Taylor, taking over from Kenneth Branagh, who did such a great job introducing Thor to the cinematic world.

So what do we need to know about Thor: The Dark World? Well, it delivers much the same as the original Thor – there are intergalactic baddies (Elves lead by Malekith – played by Christopher Ecclestone) trying to kill the residents of Asgard as well as the other nine realms. There are amazing backdrops to set the battles in, there are ridiculously over the top costumes, and massive body counts, rippling muscle and a good thread of humour running through the film. [Read more...]

New Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Trailer – Idris Elba takes on the South African legend


One of the movies that will be hoping to be in the Oscar race next year is Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Now a new trailer and a clip have shown up for the movie.

Elba plays Nelson Mandela, with Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela. The epic motion picture spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

It’s currently due out at the end of November in the US and January 2014 in the UK.

Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba & Christopher Eccleston Get New Thor: The Dark World Posters

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Pre-booking starts in the UK tomorrow (September 27th) for Thor: The Dark World, and to help announce that, Marvel has released three new posters. One shows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane (Natalie Portman) looking suitably heroic in a variation of earlier posters. The second has Christopher Eccleston’s villainous Malekith, while Idris Elba’s Heimdall looks as moody as ever in the third.

Here’s the synopsis: Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

Thor: The Dark World is out in the UK on October 30th and a week later in the US.

New Thor: The Dark World Pics Show Off Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston & More

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Empire has gone slightly Thor: The Dark World crazy, with four different covers for the film with their new issue. They’ve also a slew on new pics from the film, showing off the world of Asgard, along with the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander and loads more.

It’s also our best look yet at Christopher Eccleston under a load of make-up as the evil Malekit, as well as his minions.

And don’t expect everyone to survive this film, as director Alan Taylor has revealed,”You know, we are killing Asgardians in this movie. It turns out immortality isn’t all that it was cracked up to be.”
Hopefully that isn’t the reason Loki isn’t in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, as there will be a lot of angry fans if it is.

Producer Craig Kyle also spoke about how the events of Thor lead into Thor: The Dark World. “When the Bifrost was broken at the end of the first film, Odin had to conjure a lot of dark energy and go through a lot of personal sacrifice to try and get his son back to Earth,” he says. “And it was a one-shot deal. If Thor didn’t succeed, without the Tesseract he couldn’t have got back again. And in our film, finally the Bifrost has been rebuilt, but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that’s what our guys have been doing now – trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms.”

Thor: The Dark World is out November 8th, 2013.

Idris Elba Takes The Leads In Beasts Of No Nation

Idris-ElbaIdris Elba’s star continues to rise, with the news that he’s scored the lead role in Cary Fukunaga’s (Jane Eyre) upcoming adaptation Beasts of No Nation, according to Deadline.

Based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, the movie centres on a young boy named Agu. After facing the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, he is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters during a civil war in West Africa. He finds a friend in a mute boy named Strika and they team to face the hardships of the civil war. Idris Elba is playing the lead role of the Commander.

Cary Fukunaga is directing, although it’s not clear when the movie might shoot.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Teaser – Idris Elba takes on the legendary leader


One of the movies that will be hoping to be in the Oscar race next year is Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Now the first teaser for the movie has been released, with Idris Elba getting very literal as he actually on a long walk in the middle of nowhere. There are also a couple of posters you can see below.

Elba plays Nelson Mandela, with Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela. The epic motion picture spans Mandela’s extraordinary life, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa.

It’s currently due out January 2014.