Idris Elba is getting all the news hits today. Along with stepping out alongside his new love in Toronto, the dashing actor has designs in bringing Paulo Coelho’s celebrated book The Alchemist to the big screen.
Fox News reports:
Idris Elba has moved on from addressing those rumors about becoming James Bond — Daniel Craig is already suiting up as the secret agent in 2019 — but there is one role he would absolutely say yes to for the big screen.
“’The Alchemist’ is one of the first books I read that I loved,” the 45-year-old British actor told Fox News. “’The Alchemist’ is a really beautiful story, and I really would love to play that character and be in that film. It’s a great, great story. Very simple, but it has a real touchstone and heart to it.”
Further on in his chat with the outlet, Elba speaks at length about the growing need for diversity in Hollywood and his push for advancing literacy across the globe.
“Yes, yes, not just in Hollywood, but in life,” he explained. “You know, Hollywood is more and more affected by everyday people and that’s a multicultural society for the most part. Especially in England where I live. There’s a massive move towards that. The progress is slow, but it’s permanent. And that’s really important,” Elba said.
The busy actor is currently the main star of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s book The Dark Tower and will be reprising his role as Asgardian warrior Heimdall in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok this November.