Amid all the rumors about the new 007 leader potentially chosen to replace Daniel Craig, there is the risk of losing another exciting career development for the 45-year-old.
While nothing has yet been announced about the next James Bond – and probably will not be for a long time yet – Elba has got a role in Ghetto Cowboy, which is also producing.
It is an adaptation of Greg Neri's award-winning novel, which follows the story of a 15-year-old who is forced to live with his estranged father (played by Elba) in a poor area of North Philadelphia.
There he falls in love with riding.
It's not quite the same thing as getting a briefing from M and taking Martinis specially created, but it's still meant to be an intriguing project.
Elba said: "Ricky [Staub] and the brilliant screenplay by Dan [Walser] combines the energy and the grit of an urban film with the poetry and romance of the urban cowboy way of
Staub he also intends to direct, and told Variety: "This story was built by a deep friendship and collaboration with North Philly runners, and I could not be more excited to honor their legacy with this film."
Obviously, it is not the only thing Elba has invented: he too will start work for the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs And Shaw in the role of the villain.
To date, he is the bookie's favorite to play James Bond ̵
It all comes down to a comment by director Antoine Fuqua in an interview with the Daily Star, claiming to have heard Barbara Broccoli say "it's time" that a Black actor is chosen as an iconic spy.
"Idris could do it if he was fit," added Fuqua.
"You need a guy with a physically strong presence … Idris there".
Craig insinuated when he confirmed his involvement last year that the 25th film in the long-running series would be It was his last one.
Speaking on TV USA after speculation that he would not even make one more film, he clarified: "I always wanted [return] I needed a break.
" I just want to go out with a high note, and I can not wait. "
James Bond 25 was released at the end of 2019.