Idris Elba Would 'Absolutely' Play James Bond

In a recent Reddit Q&A, Elba also revealed his love of Mary Poppins

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Idris Elba participated in an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Reddit Saturday, and he explained a little about his role-selection process, upcoming projects and favorite Disney film.

Though Elba, 42, has long been a fan-favorite to play the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage, he revealed that the role has already been cast for the upcoming Netflix series of the same name – bad news for fans hoping to see Elba swap Luther‘s car coat for Luke Cage’s yellow shirt.

But Elba did address another long-gestating fan rumor. Certain corners of the Internet have been clamoring for Elba to step into James Bond’s bespoke shoes when Daniel Craig‘s tenure ends. And when one Reddit user asked, “If it were offered to you, would you be the next James Bond?” Elba answered, “Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely.”

It was recently announced that Elba was cast as Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s upcoming version of The Jungle Book. When asked in the Reddit thread what his favorite Disney movie is, Elba had an interesting response: “I loved Mary Poppins. Classic, man, just classic. The songs, the animation, amazing!”

So if the whole James Bond thing falls through, perhaps Elba can play Bert in a Mary Poppins reboot.

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