Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana will be joining Jeffrey “The Comedian” Dean Morgan for the big-screen adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s The Losers.

Elba is best known for his roles on HBO’s The Wire, and currently The Office. The lovely Saldana is poised to be a breakout name in 2009 with starring roles in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot and director James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic, Avatar.

Quite a winning cast for The Losers.

For those who aren’t familiar: The Losers was a DC/Vertigo comic book series that ran from August 2003 to March 2006. It chronicles the story of a special forces unit tasked with waging the war on terror, who are ultimately betrayed by their handler, “Max,” and get left for dead. Of course they don’t die, but instead band together to get their revenge on Max, and also wipe their names and identities off a CIA “death list.”

Elba is in talks to play “Roque,” The Losers‘ scarred-faced second-in-command, whose only motivation is the money. Saldana is supposedly in talks to play Aisha, the group’s hard-ass hothead.

Idris Elba will be the Money-hungry Roque

Zoe Saldana will be livewire killer, Aisha

This is good news, IMO. The Losers comic book never made it onto my radar (although the premise sounds pretty cool). I gave the film half a nod when I heard that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was going to be playing the group’s leader, Clay, but now that I know that Elba and Saldana (two actors I consider to be fast-rising stars) are on board, The Losers is suddenly gaining a lot of clout with me.

Joel (The Matrix) Silver is producing The Losers. Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) will helm the film and the script was written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac).The Losers is currently slated for a 2011 release.

What do you think about Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana joining The Losers?

Source: MTV News