“I want to do a musical. I want to do things that challenge me. I’ve got a keen eye on music and would like to do something that marries my world of acting and music. I am not sure if I can sing very well but I will be good — I promise! I will be captivating […] I have [done the stage] in the past sporadically throughout my career. The problem with theater is that I have a short attention span so I can’t do it for six months or whatever.”
A quote from Idris Elba speaking to the London Evening Standard yesterday.
We are already familiar with his interest in music (singing, rapping, DJ-ing); in fact, I believe it was this year that he said he’d take off from acting in any new projects, to really focus on his music. So clearly, it’s a passion of his.
Can you picture him in a movie musical, since he seemingly isn’t too keen on performing in a stage musical, given the lengths shows can some times run for? Although he could sign up for a limited engagement of a month of two, as well.
But if a movie musical, he could partner up with Steve McQueen, since, as McQueen said in my interview with him a few months ago, he’d also love to tackle a musical as his next project, or in the future. So Steve can direct, and Idris stars.
As for what musical it will be, I’d prefer something original, as opposed to a remake of an old musical, or an adaptation of a Broadway show.
Maybe their individual paths will cross, on track to a collaboration of some sort. Maybe not.
Here’s the man using his pipes: