Following a competitive bidding war against other studios, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Apple has successfully won the rights to Simon Kinberg’s untitled spy thriller film with Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (The Wire, Avengers: Infinity War) signing on for the leading role. Elba is also set to produce along with Kinberg and Audrey Chon of Genre Films
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Written by Travon Free (The Daily Show), the untitled project is expected to be set in Africa. Further details about the film’s plot still being kept under wraps but it is being described as a romantic action spy thriller film which will be in the same vein as Kinberg’s 2005 hit Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Elba’s notable film credits include: 28 Weeks Later, Obsessed, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Beyond, Molly’s Game and Hobbs & Shaw. He is also best known for his role as Heimdall in a few MCU movies including: Thor, Thor: Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. He will next be seen in Ricky Staub’s forthcoming drama film Concrete Cowboy and in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.