Idris Elba Talks ‘Luke Cage,’ ‘James Bond’ & ‘Jurassic World’ Rumors

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It’s been a big year of rumors for Idris Elba. The Thor: The Dark World star’s name has been circling the upcoming fourth installment of Jurassic Park for several months now, and at the Golden Globes in January, he acknowledged that he would be “honored” to take over for Daniel Craig as James Bond – if the opportunity ever arose.

Now, in a recent interview, Elba has addressed the rumors about Jurassic WorldJames Bond, and his interest in taking on the role of Luke Cage, the Marvel superhero also known as Power Man.

While speaking with The Huffington Post, Elba was quick to deny his involvement with Jurassic World:

“No, it’s just a rumor.”

He also expressed complete bafflement at the news that a Jurassic Park 4 was even in the works. So cross that one off the list of possibilities.

On the topic of Luke Cage, Elba said:

“There was talk about Luke Cage at one time – I thought Luke Cage was a pretty interesting character. They were going to do it, but I don’t know what happened…”

Upon being reminded that the character will be appearing in his own Netflix show, Elba said, “That’s right, yeah, and nothing more. Regardless of whether or not Marvel might want him to be involved, it seems clear that he’s not involved at the moment.

This isn’t the first time Elba has expressed interest in playing Luke Cage — in 2010, he said he had his eye on the character (as well as that of Blade, who was actually born in England), and mentioned it again at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.

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Idris Elba in ‘Luther’

Between The Wire and Luther, Elba is more than familiar with the TV landscape and his fans would surely be thrilled to see him back on the small screen as Cage. That said, it seems unlikely at this point (given his rising star status) that Netflix would be able to afford him. After all, why play TV superhero when he could, say, eventually take on the role of Green Lantern John Stewart on the big screen?

The slew of casting shutdowns from Elba is fairly disappointing (I’m sure I’m not the only one who wanted to see him kick dinosaur ass in Jurassic World), though it makes sense given his busy schedule. His films Second Coming, No Good Deed, and The Gunman are all due out within the next year, giving fans plenty of opportunities to see him in action.

As for James Bond? Elba knows he’ll need a lot of support to land that role:

“I say it all the time, but if [James Bond] was to ever happen and if I was ever to get offered that role, that would be the will of a nation. That would be like, ‘Wow, human beings are really powerful. They really made that happen, because Barbara Broccoli certainly didn’t’… it would be the will of a nation because everyone has been saying that to me.”

Daniel Craig is signed on for at least two more James Bond films, so it would be a while before Elba had the chance to take the role. Would he even want to do it some six years down the line?

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you bummed that he’s not going to be in Jurassic World? Do you want to see him play Luke Cage or James Bond? Let us know in the comments.


Idris Elba’s next movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, hits U.S. theaters November 29th, 2013. Stay tuned for more news regarding Jurassic WorldJames Bond, and Luke Cage as it becomes available.

Source: The Huffington Post

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    • never mix fictional characters to true life people.

    • Huh?

  1. I highly believe that if Marvel desires to offer Idris Elba a role, then it should be the role of BLACK PANTHER. He would truly be great!

    • for the LAST time, he is too damn old for the role of BP

  2. Concidering how any people bitched about Daniel Craig being the first blond Bond, i don’t see Idris Elba being cast. I would love to see him in the role personally.

    THe James Bond movies need either a black villain or a woman villain. Elba as a villain would be cool. Maybe the chick who co-stars with Elba in Luther as a female villain?

  3. go IDRIS ELBA!

  4. MARVEL confirmed that the MARVEL ‘Netflix’ series will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. MARVEL has confirmed that to keep a natural flow in the MCU, any who portrays a character in the MCU are not able to portray another character in that universe. Even Warner Brothers/DC works in that.

    • Chris Evans…Johnny Storm AND Capatain America.
      How would Edris be any different. Though he should not be Black Panther, he should play the uncle. BP has to be young enough to marry Storm (who needs to be recasted) and have offspring, imho.

  5. I am sick to death of Idris Elba being suggested as Bond…or ANYTHING, really. Luke Cage? He’s already Heimdall, so he can’t be Luke, too (unless they plan on recasting Heimdall or the Thor series ends).

    Who wants him as Bond (other than Elba’s agent/publicist who keeps this in the news)? It was once reported that people wanted Colin Salmon as Bond (even if was already Charles Robinson in the Bond films) and again, it was probably his agent/publicist that circulated it incessantly.

    I don’t get the big fuss about Elba. He’s not that special an actor. He comes off as very one note, even when he’s doing comedy (like The Office).

    • And he isn’t quite handsome like many see him as. The wide physical attraction to Idris is mainly due his voice, a tall buff body and a lot in money.

  6. …to be sure, Elba is certainly very popular, I just don’t see why he is the soup de jour for any and every fanboy casting. There are far better actors out there.

    • “I just don’t see why he is the soup de jour for any and every fanboy casting. There are far better actors out there.” That’s real. I’m one of the Luke Cage story followers whom is very interested in seeing Tyrese Gibson portray him. While i compare Gibson and Cage then compare Tyrese and other actors who can portray Luke, even through his voice Tyrese fits the role like an appropriatly fitting glove over the hand that has the size the glove was made for. (Lol) But seriously, he’d be awesome portraying Luke Cage.

  7. I like the dude, but really not sure if he really has the smoothness sleekness or youth to be 007. He can be a brute fighter maybe, but he kind of has a slightly lumbering, hulking physique and slightly more tired look than I’d want to see in a 007. To tired and down to business to be clever or smooth.

    I really can’t wait for some kind of black 007. But I just don’t know about I.E.

  8. See, this is why I hate to see black actors be cats to play white characters. Talent wasted. Marvel should’ve cast him for Black Panther or Luke Cage instead.

    • *cast oops

  9. The man’s only 4 years younger than Craig … And he’s black Wtf!!!!?
    I mean what’s next ? Yeah let’s cast David rappaport for James Bond ! He ‘s only dead and a dwarf. No biggie.
    I wish henry cavill had been cast : that would have been the logical choice – white, tall, black hair, blue eye,very fit, young and very green looking – that’s what a casino royale bond is. he could have played bond for like ten movies and matured with it as a reboot allows it. Put a Stop to the weird casting for Christ sake

  10. I would LOVE to see Elba as the next James Bond…he will surely rock the stage…

  11. *SIGH* Idris Elba is the black equivalent of Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s a good enough actor but he doesn’t need to be up for EVERY role. Besides, he’s already Heimdall and the Marvel Netflix shows exist in the same universe as the rest of the MCU.

  12. I thought him perfect for the role of loyal uncle to Marvel’s Black Panther alongside Dijon Hudson as Panther’s father…but they don’t seem to be thinking about Black Panther’s MIA status in the Avengers or his solo movie…shame.
    But I for one would love to see Elba as James Bond. He certainly has the suave to do the role justice. Connery and Craige have been the best so far…Elba would be the icing on the proverbial cake.