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.
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.
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 World, James Bond, and Luke Cage as it becomes available.
Source: The Huffington Post