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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Idris Elba is joining The Losers

Idris Elba is the guy who was in The Wire, 28 Days Later, and Ultraviolet. This last one isn't the Milla Jovovich thing from 2006. Nope, I'm talking about 1996 UK TV series where he stared as Vaughn Rice, the tough SAS bloke who fought vampires with carbon tipped bullets. That was a great show and I highly recommend you watch it if you can (there is a bit below).
In the six-part British "vampire-slaying" mini-series Ultraviolet we discover that UV light is used (both in surgery and via high-tech weaponry) to identify people who have been infected with a disease labelled "Code 5". It's transmitted via a bite to the neck, but at no point in the series is the word "vampire" used. Instead, in the second episode ("In Nomine Patris") the nickname "Leech" is introduced. We learn that it was this disease, these "Leeches", that were responsible for the Fire of London, and that one in 20 people are already infected. In the opening episode, policeman Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport) is recruited into the secretive CIB. He meets its introverted priest-chief Pearse (Philip Quast), the emotionally driven Dr Angela March (Susannah Harker) and the bullish heavyweight Vaughan (Idris Elba). Spinning around Mike's suddenly complicated life are his best friend's jilted fiancée Kirstie (Colette Brown) and old flame Frances (Fiona Dolman). In later hard-hitting episodes we see a 12-year-old boy stab his teacher priest to death ("Mea Culpa") and the capture of a "Leech" ("Persona Non Grata"). This intriguing series ends having tied together most of its threads, but dangles worrying implications at the viewer
The 36-year old Brit is currently playing the new Dunder-Mifflin exec on The Office, and will be seen in theaters on 24th April 24 in the drama Obsessed, opposite Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter. Now, according to Hollywood Insider, he's closing in on a a role in the Warner Bros.-Dark Castle thriller The Losers, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen). Elba is negotiating to play Roque, a black ops commando set up by the government. The project is based on the excellent DC-Vertigo comic by Andy Diggle and Jock. It will be directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard).

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