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Idris Elba Is Guillermo Del Toro's New Tom Cruise

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Unless they're some kind of a-hole, everyone who's seen The Wire and/or the BBC series Luther wants to see big things come for the actor. Unfortunately, his recent big screen, leading man opportunities have mostly taken the shape of forgettable films like Obsessed, Takers and The Losers--though at least his supporting part in Thor did expose him to our nation's many angry racists.

Well, good news, Idris: looks like you're finally getting your shot at a big leading role. Elba has closed a deal with Legendary and Warner Bros. to play Sensi, the lead in Guillermo del Toro's ill-timed Japan-gets-destroyed-from-the-ocean giant monster tale, Pacific Rim. He joins two of the FX Channel's primary Charlies--Son of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia--in the film, and he fills a role that was originally for Tom Cruise. Hey, Keith Urban did that, too!

The only downside to his casting is that it likely takes him out of the running for the lead in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained--not that it really matters anyway, because that part is reportedly looking more and more likely to go to Jamie Foxx. What sad news for Elba fans and all of us on the edge of our seats in anticipation of a Skank Robbers movie [UPDATE: never mind, it turns out they already shot Skank Robbers, so this won't affect that at all].

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