Idris Elba
Maarten de Boer
United Kingdom
2019

Green Door Pictures

Idris
Elba

There seems to be nothing Elba can’t do. From singing as a feline in the adaptation of the Broadway classic “Cats” to wowing as the broody detective in the BBC’s “Luther” to voicing characters in the likes of “Finding Dory” and “The Jungle Book,” Elba’s mantra is clearly that he never wants to be defined by a role. His accomplishments outside of acting also fit no mold: He’s a working DJ, founded Green Door Pictures to champion diversity of thought and made his directorial debut in 2018 with the gangland thriller “Yardie.” Through Green Door, he released the documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me” — his journey of “self-exploration” in South Africa — the Showtime miniseries “Guerrilla” and the Sky comedy series “In the Long Run.”

Career

  • THOR: RAGNAROK
  • BEASTS OF NO NATION
  • LUTHER

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Idris Elba to Star in 'The Harder They Fall' for Netflix

Idris Elba to Star in 'The Harder They Fall' for Netflix

Idris Elba will star alongside Jonathan Majors in "The Harder They Fall," a Netflix movie that will be produced by Jay-Z.The film follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison and decides to reunite with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.British musician Jeymes Samuel, known by his stage name the Bullitts, will helm the film, marking his feature directorial debut....

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