Although most of us are familiar with the man candy that is Idris Elba playing dark, sexy and dangerous roles, the man is really a jack of all trades at heart. He’s also a DJ that goes by the name of Big Driis and in a past life you could find in jabbing in center if the ring as a kickboxer. But Elba’s next gig may be his most challenging yet, as he’s playing a character who isn’t exactly known for his sex appeal.
The Hollywood Reporter recently broke the news that Elba will star in, direct and produce the classic tale “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for Netflix. The project will come together under Elba’s very own Green Door productions and Elba will tap into his musical talents to produce original music for the film described as “a sonic and musical experience.” Michael Mitnick who is known for his work on The Current War and The Giver has signed on to retell the story with a modern twist.
I’m only vaguely familiar with Disney’s 1996 animated take on the tale but for those of us who need a recap, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, about an unfortunate-looking man named Quasimodo who falls in love with Gypsy street dancer Esmerelda who is facing a hanging for murder.
This isn’t the first time that Elba took a step behind the camera. Earlier this year he made his directorial debut with his drama Yardie at the Sundance Festival. He also created and will star in and exec produce comedy Turn Up Charlie that was ordered straight-to-series by Netflix.
I don’t know how Idris Elba is going transform his handsome self to homely for the film but we’re sure he’ll have share of Esmerelda’s to choose from come audition time.