By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 27, 2014 at 7:39PM
Other write-ups on this that I've read are calling it his directorial debut; but it's really not. He's directed at least one music video already, plus an episode of the British TV series Playhouse Presents, titled The Pavement Psychologist, which starred his fellow British actor Nonso Anozie.
Below you'll find a new 6-minute short Idris Elba directed for Pepsi's 'Beats of the Beautiful Game' project - a collection of 11 songs that will be accompanied by short films - titled Unstoppable.
Elba, Spike Lee, Diego Luna and others were all to direct films for the series that "aims to capture the sights, sounds and international spirit of football" (or soccer as we know it here in the USA). This is likely in celebration of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Artists contributing tracks include Janelle Monae, Don Omar, Santigold and Timbaland, and more.
Pepsi Max will premiere songs from the album as singles on the iTunes store, with accompanying film tracks free to view the on the Pepsi website, YouTube and Vevo.'Beats of the Beautiful Game' will make its full debut on June 10.
Idris' Unstoppable takes its inspiration from the 1970s, a golden-era for football, and stars Simona Zivkovska and Zach Hamilton as youngsters falling in love as they navigate life at school, and discover their hidden talents.
"I like the whole 70s era, the haircuts and the style, and I chose a character that is stereotypically a nerd, isn’t sporty looking. But [it] turns out that he really is good at [football], and he is unstoppable when he starts to let himself go." said Idris of the idea behind the video. "When I first heard the song I really loved the idea of being unstoppable… it's self belief, it's someone that just says “Guess what? I can do anything I want to do", he added. "Football is uniting – it’s about the fans and it’s about the players. Everybody loves sports, everybody loves competition, but when your country is playing against another country it's that one time that everyone sits in the stands and is unified. It definitely brings people together."