Idris Elba has a big cinema month with the release of The Jungle Book and Bastille Day, so we look forward to see what other movies he has coming up.
In the live action version of the Disney classic, newcomer Neel Sethi takes on the title role of man-cub Mowgli with an array of actors voicing the animated jungle characters, Elba voices Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley the panther Bagheera, Bear Baloo is voiced by Bill Murray and Lupita Nyong’o lends her voice to the mother wolf.
“Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorises everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.” Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub.
This week sees the release of Bastille Day, in which Elba stars alongside Richard Madden. The high octane thriller looks set to have you on the edge of your seat.
Michael Mason (Madden) is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar (Elba), the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy.
Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pick-pocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24hr thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.
But other than these two, what else does Elba have coming up?
The sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo will finally make its way to the big screen this year. Six months after Nemo was found, short-memoried Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her. The trio then take off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation centre and aquarium.
Elba will voice Fluke a lazy sea lion who is rehabilitated at the Marine Life Institute.
In an effort to find her mom (Diane Keaton) and dad (Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his echolocation skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.
In cinemas July 29
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Star Trek Beyond
Finally underway on their mission to explore the final frontier, the crew of the USS Enterprise are stranded on a distant planet where they’re attacked by a fearsome new enemy.
Cast member Simon Pegg co-wrote the script and after J.J. Abrams moved onto another franchise (Star Wars) there’s a new director in place, Justin Lin who helmed Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.
We’ve been promised something closer in spirit to the original series, with distant planets and Idris Elba buried under prosthetics as the bad guy.
Idris Elba’s “ostentatious” villain shouldn’t be expected to be anything like Benedict Cumberbatch’s creepy genius Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness. His take is all his own. In fact, when it came time to write the “interesting” bad guy, Idris even brought a few of his own ideas to the table.
“Idris had so many good ideas to help shape it,” Pegg said. “He’s the actor you want to work with. He’s collaborative, and he does what he’s told.”
In cinemas July 22
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A Hundred Streets
Elba stars alongside Gemma Arterton in the independent film which aims to show the ‘real London’ whilst raising money for charity.
A Hundred Streets tells the tale of four different people living in the capital and has been financed through charitable donations. Former Bond girl Arterton plays the character of Emily, the estranged wife of Max played by Luther actor Elba.
A Hundred Streets is the brainchild of first time moviemaker Leon Butler, a property developer who turned his hand to film-making after being inspired to tell the story of London’s ‘Big Society’.
Mr Butler, who lives in Battersea, said: “Everyone lives harmoniously most of the time but mostly everyone lives in a bubble in London, it does have a great community but it has to be forced, really pushed.
He added: “You see the many dark kitchen sink films or Notting Hill, Love Actually type films made about London. That is not the real London. Kidulthood and Notting Hill are both filmed in Ladbroke Grove but in Notting Hill you don’t see kids in hoods walking around.”
The film, initially called One Square Mile, is supporting charities School of Hard Knocks, Storm, Bedhead Football Club and Cauldwell Children. A number of fundraising events have taken place alongside in the run-up to filming and youngsters from the charities have been given starring roles.
No release date announced
The Dark Tower
Based on King’s seven-book series, The Dark Tower film has been a long time coming. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey take on the main roles of the gunslinger (Roland Deschain) and the man in black (Walter Padick), respectively.
King has described The Dark Tower as his magnum opus, wherein he created a world that ties together many of his novels. The Dark Tower is said to take place during the events of just the first book in the series.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), The Dark Tower is slated for a January 13, 2017 release.
King told EW The Dark Tower is just one film for now, but they do “hope for the best,” and there’s a possibility for more.
In cinemas January 13 2017