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After playing Nelson Mandela, a Kaiju fighting commanding officer, a drug lord/aspiring businessman, an all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian sentry, and a possessive Detective, it looks as if Idris Elba will soon voice a killer tiger, as he’s said to be nearing a deal to play Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book.’ The news comes courtesy of The Wrap. The Golden Globe winner also has ’Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘Alive Alone,’ ‘The Gunman,’ ‘No Good Deed,’ ‘Bastille Day,’ ‘Second Coming’ and a ‘Luther’ movie on the horizon.
‘The Jungle Book’ is penciled in for an October 9th, 2015 release. Jon Favreau will direct the new adaptation of the classic 1894 Rudyard Kipling novel. Favreau – who wrote, directed, produced and stars in the upcoming indie ‘Chef’ – has a strong history with Disney, and this will put him back into the event film game. He helmed the first two ‘Iron Man’ films and had been attached to direct ‘Magic Kingdom,’ the film where the theme park comes to life. Disney previously turned ‘The Jungle Book’ into the classic 1967 animated film and a 1994 live-action feature helmed by Stephen Sommers.
THR bring word that Idris Elba and Sam Worthington will team up with Noomi Rapace in ‘Alive Alone,’ a New York-set thriller marking the directorial debut of Khurram Longi. Elba will star as Jamal, an ex-detainee of Guantanamo Bay working as a taxi driver, and Rapace will play Sarah, a prostitute on the run from a feared crime boss. When their worlds collide, they unexpectedly find salvation in each other. Worthington will play the crime boss Murphy. Thunder Road Pictures will make the movie which is being touted to buyers during the European Film Market by Protagonist Pictures. ‘Alive Alone’ shoots next month.
Recently seen in ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ Idris Elba also has ’Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘The Gunman,’ ‘No Good Deed,’ ‘Bastille Day,’ ‘Second Coming’ and a ‘Luther’ movie on the horizon. Sam Worthington recently signed up to reprise his role in all three of the upcoming ‘Avatar’ sequels. He’ll next be seen in ‘Sabotage,’ ‘For the Dogs,’ ‘The Keeping Room’ and ‘Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.’
On the promotional campaign for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ Idris Elba spoke to Kate Garraway on ‘Lorraine’ about the long planned ‘Luther’ movie: “That is definitely on the cards, we’ve been really lucky that Luther is [so popular]… it’s a small show, we did four episodes and we got such a massive following worldwide, so Neil Cross [creator of Luther] and I are aiming to do the film. I’m speaking to him as we speak… and we’re trying to pull it together. It’s an ambitious project because it’s a television show but we suspect that it’s going to be as successful on TV and on film as well.”
Idris Elba also told the show that there’s ”no truth” in rumors that say he will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond in the iconic film series. Elba added, “I’ve always detested the phrase ‘Black Bond’, I just don’t understand it. We don’t say ‘White Bond’, we just say ‘Bond’, so it suddenly becomes a black man and he’s a ‘Black Bond’. So I hate that phrase – and it’s a rumour that’s gotten out of control, basically – but that’s all it is. There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”
Disney send word that Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: The Dark World’ has officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office (Domestic – $188.9 million, International – $411.8 million). This makes it the third Disney release, and second Marvel Studios film, to do so this year, following Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′ and Disney•Pixar’s ’Monsters University.’ The film has already outgrossed the first ‘Thor’ installment by over $150 million and has also passed the global box office totals for both ‘Iron Man’ ($585 million) and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ ($371 million).
Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman and Dennis Haysbert, who all played the late Nelson Mandela on the big screen, have paid tribute to South Africa’s first democratically elected president, anti-apartheid revolutionary, freedom fighter and global icon. Idris Elba, who plays Madiba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ said “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”
“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century,” said Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in 2009′s ‘Invictus.’ “Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”
‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ has opened to hefty numbers at the South African box office. The film, based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ from a screenplay by William Nicholson, was the top earner in cinemas operated by two major South African exhibition chains, Ster Kinekor and NuMetro, as well as the leading independent cinemas groups on its opening day Thursday, producers said. ’Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ opened at number one in the country, beating the rollout of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ outgrossing the Jennifer Lawrence starrer in South Africa by 39%.
‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,’ starring Idris Elba as the anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, grossed over $73,000 (750,000 rand) on Thursday, November 28th. This is a record for a Thursday out-of-school holiday in South Africa, which, if you consider that the film had four shows on the day compared with six shows for other films because of its running time of over two hours, is a big deal. South African producer Anant Singh, who spent 16 years developing the film, said: “It is extremely gratifying for us as filmmakers to have our home audience embrace our film and react so positively to it. We are proud that a South African film is competing so well against one of the most anticipated sequels of all time.”