The film being directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) with Elba apparently up for the role of Roque, the second in command in an elite team of black-ops renegades seeking revenge on government which has betrayed them.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Comedian in Watchmen, has already signed up alongside Columbus Short, a talented up-and-comer with the unenviable task of building a career while still having You Got Served on his CV.
As for Elba, he needs to get into some great projects again. For those of us devoted for once and always to The Wire, he will never stop being String. But for those not interested in diving into David Simon and Ed Burns’ world, Elba is currently probably best known for being in Prom Night and The Unborn, both terrible horror films in which he tries hard but cannot possibly save things.
Hopefully, something like this could give him some movie cred again and he can realise his full potential.
Much rumour rising about Marvel adaptation Thor with Alexander Skarsgard being touted for the lead role. He brilliantly played Brad Colbert in David Simon and Ed Burns’ Generation Kill and is currently in Tru Blood. Separately to that, the film joined Captain America and The Avengers in being pushed back in the release schedules with 2011 now housing Thor, Captain America and Spiderman 4 within three months. In further Marvel news, Mickey Rourke has signed up for Iron Man 2 along with Scarlett Johansson, the latter replacing Emily Blunt as the Black Widow. As if not to be outdone, this week also saw rumours sparked of a possible reboot for the Fantastic Four series.
Juan Antonio Bayona, the director of the excellent The Orphanage, has reportedly been signed up to direct the third Twilight movie. This comes hot on the heels of previous rumours that Drew Barrymore was a candidate to helm the movie. I don’t care a huge amount, but if we are going to have to live with these movies for the coming two-and-a-half years, it would be nice to have some real talent behind the camera. Other reports though suggest that it will be directed by the other Weitz.
Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre with Drag Me to Hell has a trailer; Axel Foley could die in Beverley Hills Cop 4; Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy will star in a mixed martial arts movie. Oh yeah!; Bryce Dallas Howard has expressed an interest in bringing the Luna Brothers’ The Sword to the screen; Heathers has been jumped into gear in musical form; Robin Hood has found his merry men.