Less than several weeks before the release of high-profile awards contender, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba has signed up to fight terrorists in Paris in the thriller, Bastille Day.
The story revolves around a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to a terrorist attack on the Paris metro.
After a several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and also may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.
Elba’s career is clearly on the ascent, with him reaping the benefits of his television work both on The Wire as well as Luther. In the last year Elba has begun to ramp up his work on the feature side with big roles in Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark World which opened this past weekend and has already almost made $200 million worldwide.
Elba can be seen next in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which is already getting award season buzz for his performance as Nelson Mandela.