I have many rules in this life. Don’t trust Canadians. People who mistreat animals should be buried in the Marianas Trench. Zombies make good companions if you keep them fed. Good corned beef hash is one of the great things in life. Most problems can be fixed with whiskey. People who point out type-o’s are pedantic attention-seeking douche-guzzlers whose lives are ultimately hollow and need to be stabbed in the kidneys with a hacksaw. Murder should be legal — for me. And finally, any Idris Elba news is good news.
Those may be out of order.
Regardless, Idris Elba is on the move, people. He’s hopefully going to start showing us more of the potential that he so clearly demonstrated as Stringer Bell in “The Wire.” He was fun in The Losers, and will hopefully begin to move away from garbage like Takers. At the moment, he’s got a supporting role in Marvel’s upcoming Thor as Heimdall, and in an interesting development, it appears that Marvel’s locked him into a multi-picture deal.
On the surface, this isn’t that surprising. Marvel’s been notorious for grabbing almost every actor they’ve cast in their films and tying them into multiple picture deals — it’s part of the reason there will be such consistency in The Avengers (Bruce Banner and James Rhodes notwithstanding). Elba’s a bit of a different thing, however. One can assume that Marvel isn’t planning to have multiple pictures featuring the all-seeing guardian of Asgard. Instead, it’s likely that Marvel has bigger plans for him, and Elba hinted as much in a recent interview with Total Film:
I have a picture deal with them (Marvel). I can’t tell you much about that, but I can tell you I’ll be back…I wouldn’t mind having a crack at bringing Blade back, personally…But erm, there’s a couple of things there that they have… Luke Cage is… very interesting.
I have to say, I would leap on board either of those ships with both fucking feet and a bottle of booze. I think he could be outstanding in either role, actually (and the likelihood of seeing Wesley Snipes return to Blade is unlikely given his legal woes). Personally, I’d say give him one and give the other to Michael Jai White, and we’re good to go. Now of course, this is just Elba making conversation, wishing out loud, that sort of thing. But the ideas are… very interesting.
That aside, he may be starring in another Marvel property, though not one of their better ones, historically speaking. Elba, along with Johnny Whitman (who I know nothing about other than he had a supporting gig in 3:10 To Yuma and has been in a bunch of “CSI: Miami” episodes) are both in negotiations for roles in the new Ghost Rider sequel. That’s… mixed news. It’s good that they’re looking for talent like Elba for the property, which so miserably missed its mark the first time around. The players are better this time around — David Goyer wrote the story that’s being adapted by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) who will also direct. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage is returning as Johnny Blaze, though if they switch things up a bit, darken the story, and make it, you know, not fucking stupid, we might have something here.
But the important part is: More Idris Elba, folks. Never a bad thing.
See? What did I tell you.