Idris Elba has spent most of 2016 lending his voice to animated projects, such as Chief Bogo in “Zootopia,” Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” and Fluke in Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” But before the year is over, Elba also stars in the new film “100 Streets,” about three different stories in London. He plays Max Moore, a retired rugby player who struggles to adjust to his new life. He soon spirals out of control with alcohol, drugs and womanizing, losing his wife (Gemma Arterton) and kids in the process. Out of anger and frustration, he soon turns violent. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Jim O’Hanlon, who has mostly directed TV projects, including episodes of “A Touch of Cloth,” “Casualty” and “Coronation Street.” It co-stars Tom Cullen (“Weekend”), Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Ken Stott (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), Ryan Gage (“The Musketeers”), Charlie Creed-Miles (“The Fifth Element”).
Elba is best known for playing Stringer Bell on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” Detective John Luther on the BBC series “Luther,” as well as performances in “Thor,” “Prometheus,” “Pacific Rim” and most recently, “Beasts of No Nation.”
“100 Streets” premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this past June. It opened in the UK on November 11 and will be released in U.S. theaters and on demand on January 13.