Earlier this year, Idris Elba picked up a Golden Globe award for his leading role in the second season of his BBC crime drama, "Luther." And while a third season of "Luther" appears to be in the cards, Elba may come back to TV much sooner than expected.
According to Deadline, Elba is considering a unique double role in "Ascension," an adventure/thriller miniseries from noted comic scribe Warren Ellis and British producer Vivek J. Tiwary. "Ascension" reportedly takes place across multiple eras of history as it examines humanity's impulse towards the stars.
The two roles Elba may possibly be playing are the Egyptian inventor and architect, Imhotep in 3000 B.C. and a brilliant astronomer in the near future. The initial concept for "Ascension" came from Tiwary and his wife, Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary; with Tiwary and Ellis co-creating the TV miniseries.
While Elba is sometimes better known for his film appearances in "Thor," "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" and the upcoming "Prometheus," he has also had several notable roles on TV, including his iconic portrayal of Stringer Bell on "The Wire" and Michael Scott's boss, Charles Miner during a six episode stint on "The Office."
Ellis is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers in the comic book industry, who wrote the miniseries "Red" that inspired the Bruce Willis starring movie of the same name. Yesterday, Legendary Pictures optioned Ellis' creator owned title, "Gravel" as a feature film, with Ellis attached to write the first draft.
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