By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 14, 2013 at 12:39PM
Idris Elba's moment of hitting a bigger platform of fame, is nearly here. Of course, TV audiences already admire the man for this work on "The Wire" and "Luther," but he's not quite a kitchen table name just yet. However, he already has one of the most memorable lines of the summer ("We are canceling the apocalypse!") in the forthcoming "Pacific Rim," and he could be in the awards season hunt leading "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." And of course, he'll be back mixing it up in "Thor: The Dark World." So is it any surprise that his next gig is starring alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem?
Elba has joined "The Gunman," a better-than-average sounding movie from Pierre Morel ("Taken," "From Paris With Love"). An adaptation of the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel, Penn will play an international operative named Martin Terrier, who goes on the run after being betrayed by his organization and winds up battling Bardem. Elba will play Dupont, a mysterious operative. But really, Penn, Bardem and Elba? Of course, we're gonna watch the shit out of this.
Filming gets underway later this month in Europe and we presume about a year from now you'll be sitting down with a bucket of popcorn to watch this.