(Re)discovering Idris Elba in five films

(Re)discovering Idris Elba in five films

This month, the 49-year-old British actor, producer and musician is screening two feature films, The Beast and Three Thousand Years Waiting for You. But its peculiarity? He’s made it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe… and into DC.

“Beautiful Mother” (1994)

If Idris Elba started his career on the small screen in 1994, we’ll have to wait a few years before we see him in cinemas. Curiously, he took his first steps in a French film, the feature film starring Vincent Lindon, Mathilde Seigner and Catherine Deneuve. He plays the boyfriend of Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Lindon’s mother-in-law, who falls in love with her. A whole program.

“Stone and Crook” (2008)

With his career on British television haunting him, the actor is born. His participation in 37 episodes of “The Wire” from 2002 to 2004 cemented his reputation. At the same time, the accumulation of small roles in the cinema attracts attention to Idris Elba. He appears in the credits of 28 Weeks Later (2008) and even crosses the Atlantic to film American Gangster with Ridley Scott. Guy Ritchie then offers him the role of Mumble in his “Rock and Crooks” where the actor stars alongside Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Strong, etc.

Thor (2011)

When the first “Thor” was released 11 years ago, no one thought to notice Idris Elba as Heimdall, protector of Bifrost leading to Asgard. But since reprising his role in five MCU films, including the most recent Thor: Love and Thunder, in a post-credits scene, he’s unmistakably part of the extended Disney/Marvel family, which likely underscores his dubs in Zootopia. explained. , “The Jungle Book” and … “Finding Dory”. In the USA, the series “Luther” brought him a Golden Globe in 2012.

“The Mountain Between Us” (2017)

Throughout his career, Idris Elba has never denied his beliefs. Between successful and high-profile TV series and feature films, he has always sought to star in engaging films such as A Few Days in April (2005), a made-for-TV movie about the Rwandan genocide, and Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom (2013 ) by Justin Chadwick, in which he plays Nelson Mandela and for which he will receive a Golden Globe nomination. It is the mighty Beasts of No Nation that will eventually earn him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor (2015). In the USA he finally gets the leading role in a romantic survival drama with “The Mountain Between Us”, which leads him to give Kate Winslet the answer. Unfortunately, the feature film did not achieve the success hoped for, collecting only US$62.8 million at the international box office for a production budget of US$35 million.

“The Suicide Squad: The Mission” (2021)

After a stint in Fast and Dangerous Present Hobbs and Shaw (2019), Idris Elba takes on the role of Bloodsport in James Gunn’s Suicide Squad: The Mission, released amid a pandemic. As the filmmaker’s only choice for the character, the Brit has also hinted that he wants to get back into playing Bloodsport and also fight… Superman.