Idris Elba will play Jessica Chastain’s lawyer in an upcoming drama based on a true story, according to the Evening Standard. The Luther actor will star alongside Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio, Chastain, and Ben Affleck.
The upcoming movie starring Idris Elba is titled Molly’s Game, and is set to be directed by Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script for Moneyball, The Social Network, Steve Jobs, and other well-known projects.
— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) May 9, 2016
In what was called the most shocking Oscars 2016 snub, Idris Elba wasn’t nominated as the best lead actor for his child soldier drama, Beasts of No Nation, earlier this year. And it was Elba’s Molly’s Game co-star, DiCaprio, who won an Oscar in that category for his role in The Revenant.
Molly’s Game is based on the true story about a waitress (played by Chastain) who runs underground poker games in Los Angeles. The upcoming film with the star-studded cast that includes Idris Elba, DiCaprio, Affleck, and Chastain will be Sorkin’s directorial debut.
Meanwhile, Idris Elba’s new film, Bastille Day, has been reviewed by the Herald Sun. And it appears that the Luther actor was “the best thing” about that movie directed by James Watkins.
And while many movie critics believe Idris Elba hasn’t had his big screen breakout role yet (his Luther success was his small screen breakout role), his role in Bastille Day is definitely not that breakout role.
And while Idris Elba’s performance was the only thing that made viewers watch the movie until the end, the film was very average, to say the least. The 43-year-old actor plays the role of a CIA black-ops specialist named Briar, who is sent on a mission to investigate an explosion that killed a number of pedestrians in Paris.
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But to all those who may say that it was “too soon” to make a movie about explosions in Paris, it should be noted that Bastille Day starring Idris Elba was filmed in late 2014, when the world hadn’t yet encountered such tragedies as the Charlie Hebdo incident and the November, 2015, terrorist attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of 130 people.
The only clue to investigate the Parisian explosion Idris Elba’s character has is an American pickpocket named Mason, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (who played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, who fans would remember was murdered at the Red Wedding on the HBO series’ Season 3).
And while Idris Elba’s performance is excellent, viewers couldn’t but notice that there is a “too soon” factor due to the terrorist explosions, and that adds a negative feeling to the film.
Idris Elba has no time for rest, according to the Daily Mail. The 43-year-old actor landed back in Cape Town, South Africa, last week to continue filming for Nikolaj Arcel-directed The Dark Tower. The actor had a little break from filming due to his appearance at the BAFTA TV awards on May 8 in London.
Idris Elba triggered rumors that he got back together with Naiyana Garth after the two showed up at the BAFTA TV awards red carpet together. But the Luther star arrived at the Cape Town International airport looking serious and not giving away any information about his current relationship status.
— Hollywood Unlocked (@HwoodUnlocked) May 10, 2016
Idris Elba has been promoting his latest film The Jungle Book lately, but the filming process for The Dark Tower cannot be paused for any longer, which is why the actor didn’t allow himself to stay in London for too long and made his trip back to Cape Town.
The Jungle Book, starring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, and others, has been quite a hit, grossing $829 million worldwide.
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