Idris Elba to star in new spy movie
- Bang Showbiz
- 15 August 2020
Idris Elba is to star in and produce an upcoming spy film for Apple, with it being described as a "movie with romance" set in Africa
Idris Elba is to star in a new spy film.
The 47-year-old actor will both act in and produce the untitled project which is described as a "spy movie with romance" set in Africa.
Apple have won the rights to distribute the movie – which will also be produced by Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon for Genre Films – after a bidding war.
It marks a return to the spy genre for Simon, who previously wrote 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'. He also directing the upcoming spy movie '355', which is slated for release next year and stars Jessica Chastain and Penelope Cruz.
Both Idris and Simon have first-look deals with the streamer to produce series and features for Apple TV+, with Kinberg in the early stages of an untitled sci-fi series for the platform.
Idris has recently express his desire to bring his television series 'Luther' to the big screen.
He said: "I've maintained that I'd like to see it come to a film. That's what I think we're headed towards, a film. I'm looking forward to making that happen.
"It is happening."
Elba – who played the role of DCI John Luther in the BBC show – feels that the potential project has traits of classic crime movies and suggested that he could take the character away from the UK.
He explained: "'Luther' has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like 'Seven' and 'Along Came A Spider'.
"I think what we'd like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it. It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning 'Luther'.
"Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well."