As we approach 2013, speculation has already begun on who will be the upcoming year’s Breakout Star.
Let us put this question to rest. 2013 will be The Year Of Idris Elba. How do I know this?
Because the man directed Mumford and Sons‘ latest video. And why is this a harbinger of Idris Elba’s ascension to Pop Culture Emperor in 2013, you ask? Because a lot of people REALLY don’t like Mumford and Sons. And if you were to come up with a list of people who should be directing a Mumford and Sons video, you’d probably include people like your favorite barista at your local Starbucks, or perhaps the hipster douchebag with the man-scarf and French bulldog who also frequents your local Starbucks. The guy who played Stringer Bell directing AND starring in a Mumford and Sons video? This seems highly unlikely.
What the hell was that about? Who knows! Who cares! It’s banjos and Idris Elba!
Mark my words, he will be everywhere in 2013. First, he’s currently shooting Season 3 of his excellent British TV series Luther, in which he plays a detective with a boatload of problems, both professional and personal. Second, he’ll be returning as stoic immortal Heimdall in the Thor sequel, and apparently will have much more to do than just stand there looking like a badass, which is something he’s quite good at. Third, he’ll be starring in Guillermo del Toro‘s sure-to-be-frigging-awesome-giant-robot-versus-giant-monster movie Pacific Rim.
And past that? Who knows what’s possible! Idris Elba has shown that he can do anything. Daniel Craig is apparently looking forward to not playing James Bond. You know who’d be a great choice to replace him? Idris Mothereffing Elba. Rumors have been circulating that he’s being considered for Bond once Craig’s contract is up, and Elba has said that he’d to play the part.
Go for it, I say. Put him in everything. Give him a part on Game Of Thrones. He can play himself. He’s already got a cool Westeros-y name. Ser Idris Elba!