What’s that sound? Oh, it’s the millions of boyfriends and husbands groaning at Idris Elba (Luther, Pacific Rim), who can do no wrong according to women everywhere, taking on the role of director (again).
We’re guessing the “global man panic” has passed, and audiences—men and women alike—will be intrigued by the British actor’s directorial efforts. Elba has jumped behind the camera on behalf of Pepsi’s Beats of the Beautiful Game project, easing himself into his role versus taking on a full-fledged feature. He’s dabbled with directing in the past, tackling Mumford & Sons‘ music video Lover of the Light and an episode of Playhouse Presents, but this is his first step into the area of short films, reports IndieWire.com.
The short, entitled Unstoppable, is approximately six minutes long, taking place in 1978 England. The piece kicks off on a school bus with one lonely kid (Zac Hamilton) being singled out, but he shows everyone up on the soccer field. It turns out Elba found his leading man via Hamilton’s series of Vine videos where he shows off his footie skills.
Elba talked about sports being a theme saying, “Football is uniting, it’s about the fans and it’s about the player.”
You can watch the entire film below:
Elba is set to star in No Good Deed (2014), The Gunman (2015), and provide the voice of Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2015). It was just recently announced he’s set to star in the film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala‘s 2005 novel Beasts of No Nation, with the release date to be determined.
Okay, maybe we should expect another “man panic” based on Elba’s upcoming year?
Who’s busier, Idris or Benedict?