From Hackney to Hollywood, Idris Elba has certainly established himself as an A-List actor having starred in blockbusters such as Thor and Prometheus, as well as Guillermo del Toro’s much-anticipated Pacific Rim. Elba also enjoys a successful television career with his hit TV show Luther, but not being satisfied with being a star of the big and small screen, the British actor is now set to step behind the camera.
According to a Sky TV report, Idris will make his directorial debut with a script also written by himself for a Sky Arts Playhouse Presents… feature called The Pavement Psychologist. The 30-minute drama will chronicle the intriguing relationship between an affable businesswoman and a charismatic homeless man, played by Anna Friel (Public Enemies) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) respectively. Steven Mackintosh (Luther) is set to star as an office colleague of Anna Friel’s character and Reggie Yates (Doctor Who) will also feature as Friel’s stylish assistant.
The Pavement Chronicles joins a host of other acclaimed Playhouse Presents… dramas and comedies that have seen talents like Emma Thompson portray Queen Elizabeth II in Walking the Dogs, as well as Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe appearing in the miniseries A Young Doctor’s Notebook.
The Pavement Psychologist is to be broadcast later in the year.