Idris Elba Covers Esquire’s Next Generation Hollywood Issue
The Brit actor is pegged as one of Hollywood’s stars of the next generation. Esquire writes:
Just last year, when [Tom] Cruise opted not to pursue the role developed for him in Guillermo del Toro’s alien-invasion epic Pacific Rim, the producers found an actor with enough weight, intensity, and wattage to take his place: Idris Elba. The thirty-nine-year-old English actor is known primarily to viewers of prestige television, first as Baltimore’s Worst (drug kingpin Stringer Bell on The Wire) and more recently as London’s Finest (volatile cop John Luther on Luther), and this year and next will introduce him more formally to moviegoers the world over. First came Elba’s supporting role in this summer’s Prometheus, captaining a spaceship and warming Charlize Theron’s icy loins, which he’ll follow with Pacific Rim next summer and Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic of Nelson Mandela.