Idris Elba is Hollywood’s Next Hero, Here's 10 Reasons Why

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We dug him in Thor, laughed with him on The Office, and absolutely adored him on Luther. But now, with the release of Thor: The Dark World this past weekend and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on the horizon, Idris Elba is poised to break out in a big way. (Or, more accurately, in the way he should have at least three years ago.) But it's inevitable — the long under-appreciated Elba will be Hollywood's next hero. Don't believe me? Here's 10 reasons why:

10.  His DJ alter-ego, 7WALLACE, has recorded a track with Dizzee Rascal that can only be described as “so energetic it might make anyone over 22 feel old and tired.” Fair warning, you will bob your head.

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9. He can rock a tuxedo.

 

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8. Or a wig.

  

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7. He was in Thor and Thor: Dark World as Heimdal, that badass guardian of the bridge to other worlds.

 

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6. He missed the London Olympics and the premiere of Prometheus (in which he played a pilot named Janek) to work on Mandela. He also learned to box.

 

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5. He loves Mako Mori more than life itself, as he proved when he died in Pacific Rim.

  

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4. When Beasts of No Nation hits the big screen, he will be starring in it.

  

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3. One of his upcoming movies, Bastille Day, involves him kidnapping a young boy for the US government, then regretting it, in Paris. So it’s essentially reverse Taken, if Taken had been written by awesome conspiracy theorists.

 

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2. He is a silver fox.

 

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Scratch that, he is a golden god.

 

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1. He is the American Dream. He came from a working class neighborhood in England with a dream to be in Hollywood films, and as he says it, he came and he conquered.

 

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