Busy Elba is “Built for Speed!”


The ever-busy, Idris Elba is at again. Never one to let grass grow under his feet, Elba has been tapped to host a new two-part documentary that will see him travel the world looking at the history of motorcar racing.

The BBC2 documentary, Idris Elba: King Of Speed, will spotlight the colorful political, social and historical evolution of racing, from prohibition to the present.

This is Elba’s first documentary for the BBC. Previously, he hosted both Channel 4’s 2011 doc series How Hip Hop Changed The World and later How Clubbing Changed the World.

Elba recently co-starred in the robot/alien film, Pacific Rim and will portray Nelson Mandela this fall in the upcoming biopic, Long Walk To Freedom. He recently was cast in the lead role in Cary Fukunaga’s film adaptation of Nigeria author Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling debut novel Beasts of No Nation.

He’ll also co-star with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in director Pierre Morel’s action thriller The Gunman as well as co-star in British playwright Debbie Tucker Green’s upcoming drama Second Coming. Elba will also find the time to produce a new British feature titled One Square Mile, which will be directed by Michael Caton-Jones (The Jackal, Rob Roy).

If all of that activity is not enough, Elba also will return in the upcoming sequel to Thor AND Season three of his acclaimed TV drama series Luther, debuts in the USA this fall.

Damn, Dris, when do you get to sleep?