Idris Elba to Explore the World of Racing in New Two-Part Documentary KING OF SPEED
KING OF SPEED, Shine TV
Deadline reports that Idris Elba has signed on to star in an all-new racing documentary for Shine TV titled KING OF SPEED. To Star In 'King Of Speed' Racing Documentary From Shine TV
The two-part special, following the origins of the car racing scene, will air on BBC Two. The 'Luther' star will will visit racetracks in the U.S., Scotland and Finland among others and investigate "the political, social and historical evolution of racing from prohibition to today."
NASCAR will be among the topics explored in the special along with vintage police chases and Japanese drifting. Though no airdate has been announced, production on the project is currently underway.
The film and TV star appeared Off-Broadway in 2001's TROILUS & CRESSIDA. He is perhaps best known for his role as the calculating de facto leader of a Baltimore drug empire in HBO's critically acclaimed original series "The Wire." In 2005, he received an Image Award nomination for his work on the series. Also for HBO, Elba starred in the movie "Sometimes In April," from director Raoul Peck. Set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the movie marked his first film starring role. Elba played a Hutu soldier who tries to save his Tutsi wife and family, earning another Image Award nomination for his performance.
Elba most recently starred in the "Daddy's Little Girls," with Gabrielle Union under the direction of Tyler Perry. He next stars in the horror thriller "28 Weeks Later," the much-anticipated sequel to the zombie hit "28 Days Later," which is due out in May 2007. Additionally, he recently completed production on Ridley Scott's "American Gangster," with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is currently filming the holiday comedy "This Christmas."
Elba's other film credits include "The Gospel," for director Rob Hardy; "Buffalo Soldiers," with Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris; and "Beautiful Mother," with Catherine Deneuve.
On television, Elba has guest starred on such series as "Law & Order" and "CSI: Miami," and starred in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Ultraviolet." In his native England, he starred in the recent Channel 4 telefilm "All in the Game," and earlier guest starred on a number of series, including the BBC's "Silent Witness" and "Dangerfield."