Idris Elba is one of the most recognisable and in-demand actors in the world right now and he’s returning to the big screen today in The Mountain Between Us.
Known for playing the heroic protagonist, Idris is back at it again in The Mountain Between Us. With an amalgamation of films and TV under his belt, ranging across different genres, we take a look into Idris Elba’s best work.
The Mountain Between Us is out in UK cinemas today
Thor (2011 – 2017)
The series of Thor films based on Marvel Comic Books tells the story of the power struggle between fictional Gods based on Norse Mythology. Idris Elba plays the role of Heimdall, based on the God Heimdallr of Norse Mythology, he is the keeper of the gates to Asgard but unfortunately finds himself in situations he’d rather not be in, such as being frozen by Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Luther (2010 – 2018)
Spanning 4 series and with a confirmed 5th series along the way, Luther is a British detective and murder mystery series comprised of many plot twists. Elba plays brilliant but obsessive and emotionally troubled police detective DCI John Luther. He is haunted by the inability to prevent himself from being consumed by the atrocities he sees being committed. The series follows Luther being torn between his approach to solving murders and his attempts to rekindle his marriage with his wife whom he is separated with.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
After being stranded on a snow-covered mountain due to a disastrous plane crash and realising that there is no help on the horizon, two strangers, Ben (Idris Elba) and Alex (Kate Winslet) must work together to survive and endure the extreme climate. In doing so, they also ignite an unexpected attraction. As well as being a survival film, Idris Elba steps out of his comfort zone due to the romantic nature of his role and character.
The Wire (2002 – 2008)
Catapulting him into success, Idris took on the role of complex villain in the critically acclaimed tv show, The Wire. Playing the part of manipulative criminal Stinger Bell, you can see Idris as more the bad boy than the gleaming hero we all know and love.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Idris Elba starred in Disney’s The Jungle Book remake in 2016 where he voiced the character of Shere Khan; the mighty tiger of the jungle. Guided by a hard-headed panther and fun-loving bear, the film follows Mowgli’s adventure through the jungle where he encounters a multitude of jungle animals and also makes friends along the way whilst embarking on a journey of self-discovery.
Disney’s Zootopia is one of the highest grossing animated films of all time. Based in the metropolis of Zootopia, after crossing unlikely paths, the two main characters; a con artist fox and a rabbit with dreams of becoming the first rabbit police officer must work together to save their home of Zootopia. Known for playing powerful, strong characters, it is fitting that Idris Elba voiced the character of Chief Bogo the buffalo, a high-ranking police officer.
Watch our interview with the big man himself talking about The Mountain Between Us.