When I went to the press day for "The Losers" earlier this year, Idris Elba was one of the people I interviewed, and before I got a chance to sit down with him, he took a break and went walking around the hotel where we were all waiting. My buddy was there with me, and he's a guy who hasn't seen a single episode of "The Wire." After the press day, he told me that he knew Elba was a movie star just from his time walking around the lobby and chatting with people before heading back inside. "That guy was just cool."
Anyone who has seen "The Wire" understands that Elba's appeal goes far beyond the surface cool that made Stringer Bell so immediately arresting, and I think he's just waiting on the right role, the right film. He was great in "The Losers," and I think he's done his time.
So it is good news indeed to see him step up to star in "Cross," based on one of the James Patterson novels about the brilliant detective Alex Cross. Morgan Freeman played the character in "Kiss The Girls" and "Along Came A Spider." Those were both midlevel hits for Paramount, but neither one duplicated the success of the novels, which are fairly huge publishing events.
Even better new? David Twohy is rewriting the film right now and will direct.