Idris Elba to Star in a New Untitled Spy Film

Although Elba has been in the minds of the present creators of the legendary franchise and is expected to don the suit once Daniel Craig steps down after No time to Die, Elba has now reportedly decided to set foot in a completely different spy world. Elba will be starring and producing the film, which has been described as a “spy movie with romance” and is set in Africa.

The central theme of the story is espionage, and the title has not yet been decided, but it has been confirmed that Simon Kinberg is all set to wear the producer’s hat.


Apple has thrown in some cash and has bought the rights of the film with Idris Elba set to be the main star. The screenplay of the show is being written by Travon Free, who is known as the writer of the show titled The Daily Show. The plot is set in Africa and has some elements of a heartful love story.

Simon Kinberg already has some vivid experience from the spy genre after having worked in his very first film as a screenwriter titled Mr and Mrs Smith. Kinberg has also recently steered the direction for 355 starring Jessica Chastain of the Zero Dark Thirty fame. Mr and Mrs Smith starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the leading roles.

According to a deal signed in July between Apple and Elba’s Green Door pictures, Elba will be producing the spy film.

Idris Elba is also gearing up for the release of his DC franchise film The Suicide Squad which is written and directed by James Gunn of The Guardians of the Galaxy fame. Elba will be present at DC FanDome on August the 22nd. He is expected to talk about the much anticipated first look, and development of The Suicide Squad, the first installment of which was released way back in 2016 starring Will Smith. He will be present along with other stars such as Kaley Cuoco, Ezra Miller, Matt Reeves, etc.

Elba also has struck a chord with Marvel fans ever since he played Heimdall from Asgard in Marvel Cinematic Universe. Elba has excellent films to show for in his resume that includes Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Pacific Rim, Beasts of No Nation, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, etc. In television series, he is known for The Wire and Luther.

He has won one Golden Globe award and has been nominated five times at Primetime Emmy Awards. Currently, he is in the top 20 of the highest-grossing actors in the entire North America region. Apart from being an actor, Idris Elba is also a singer, rapper, and producer.

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