Actor Idris Elba has spent the past year lending his voice to three of the year’s most acclaimed animated films, including Disney’s “Zootopia,” Pixar’s “Finding Dory” and the live-action/CGI film “The Jungle Book” as Shere Khan, the fearsome, villainous tiger. But when he’s not performing voiceover work or starring in the latest “Star Trek” film, he’s leading the powerful ensemble drama “100 Streets,” about three interwoven stories in one square mile of modern day London.
Elba stars as Max, a former rugby player who struggles to find a life off the field while fighting to save his marriage to former actress Emily (Gemma Arterton). Alongside Max and Emily, there’s the stories of Kingsley (Franz Drameh), a small time drug dealer desperately searching for a way off the street, and cab driver George (Charlie Creed-Miles) and his wife Kathy (Kierston Wareing) who dream of having kids but are tested when a road accident puts their hopes on hold. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below where Kingsley performs an impromptu rap to local thespian Terence (Ken Stott).
Elba is likely best known for his starring role as Stringer Bell on David Simon’s HBO series “The Wire.” He also starred as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the BBC series “Luther.” His film work include starring roles in “Beasts of No Nation,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Thor,” “Prometheus” and “Pacific Rim.”
“100 Streets” will be in select theaters and on demand on January 13, courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films.