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Idris Bell Finally Getting Out From Beneath the Shadow of Stringer Bell

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 2, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 2, 2009 |

After a series of spectacularly awful movie roles for both Idris Elba (Prom Night, The Unborn) and Zoe Saldana (Vantage Point, Ways of the Flesh), the two actors are finally starting to get roles that match their talent. Elba has really taken the hit since his run on “The Wire,” ended, playing in a Tyler Perry movie (Daddy’s Little Girl) and a terrible “urban” Christmas comedy, This Christmas. He redeemed himself some in the little-seen RocknRolla and, sort of, in his stint on “The Office,” although he’s not exactly been charismatic (in fact, he seems kind of wasted so far, although I expect he’ll eventually be driven to a mild form of insanity by the folks at Dunder Mifflin). I’m finally getting to the point where I no longer refer to him as Stringer Bell, so that’s a plus. Meanwhile, Saldana — lovely, beautiful wasted in crap movies, Zoe Saldana — now has Star Trek on her resume, as well as the upcoming Avatar and Chris Rock’s remake of Death at the Funeral.

Now the two have been attached to The Losers, cast alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) produced film based on the Vertigo/DC Comics book. According to THR the movie follows a “Special Forces team betrayed by its handler and left for dead. The “losers” regroup in the interest of revenge, the opportunity to remove their names from a secret CIA death list and to conduct covert operations against the CIA and its interests. Elba will play a character named Roque, the group’s scarred second-in-command who is motivated by money. Saldana will be Aisha, a cold-blooded loose cannon.”

I’d like to think, especially with the cast, that The Losers has a chance, but it will be directed by Sylvain White, who directed Stomp the Yard (not absolutely terrible) and I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (absolutely terrible), in addition to the forthcoming Castlevania.

And, I think we know how Saldana got that part in Star Trek. From the wayback machine:

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