His debut directorial film Yardie is taking up a lot of his time. "Yardie is quite a semi-famous bit of English literature about a small-time pastor who comes from Jamaica and ends up embroiled in [avenging his brother's death]," he revealed. "It's set in the late '70s, early '80s, a hotbed of Jamaican culture in London, but then crack cocaine arrives."
And Elba feels a real connection to the movie's main character and its subject matter as a whole. "For me, I'm making that story because A, it's a part of the reason I became a man," he divulged. "I was born in 1972, and that's just my era. And B, there's a big, big music component. I love music and I love film. This is my chance to marry the two."
So you'll marry music and film? We see how it is, Idris.
This article previously appeared on InStyle.