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Idris Elba wants a role in ‘Black Panther’

The actor says that he’s now too old to be in the James Bond franchise
Idris Elba
Idris Elba (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Idris Elba wants to be part of a new Black Panther movie.

The actor has previously played the Asgardian named Heimdall in all of the Thor movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War, but after his character was killed off in the latter film, he’s open to a new role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and called to be part of Ryan Coogler’s potential next project for the organization.

“I would love to be in Black Panther, yeah. It’s an amazing cast, amazing storyline, Ryan Coogler‘s amazing. The whole cast is incredible. Let’s make it happen,” Elba told E! News after Lupita Nyong’o recently expressed her wish to have “The Wire” star join the Black Panther cast.

The “Luther” star despaired at the idea of playing another villain, but admitted being the bad guy is always “fun.”

“Why I always got to be the villain? I mean, come on, why? But the villain would be a lot more fun.” he replied if he’d play the villain.

Despite Elba’s plea for a role, there are currently no plans for a third Black Panther film.

“The Office” guest star  recently joked he’s “more famous for not playing James Bond” than past actors who have had the role after being speculated as Daniel Craig’s successor for so long.

“I have several times, several sort of half-a-million times,” he said about the frequent rumors on “The Chris Moyles Show” on Radio X on April 18.

“No, it was definitely one of the biggest rumors. I’m arguably more famous for not playing Bond than some of the actors who did! And you know, it’s been one that I’ve taken lightly at times. You know, everyone loves Bond. Such a fantastic character, and just to me, I found it as a compliment to be considered all those years ago,” he added.

The Molly’s Game actor insisted he’s too “ancient” to take on the role now, in the unlikely event it was offered to him.

“Well, I mean, yeah, it is. The rumor has … been done. And I mean, I’m ancient now. I don’t know what kind of Bond I’d be,” his guest replied when Moyles said the idea of Elba as Bond was “not dead.”

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