According to Fangoria:
Idris Elba (The Wire), an actor who has been making his way up the ranks over the years acting in such roles such as playing Russell (Stringer) Bell in the HBO hit TV series The Wire, Stone in 28 Weeks Later (2007), as Detective Winn in Prom Night (2008), and most recently as DCI John Luther in the BBC series ‘Luther.’
With that said, Mr. Elba is now on to his next project… The Guillermo del Toro directed, upcoming movie, Pacific Rim!
Pacific Rim: will tell the story of an Alien Invasion that threatens to extinguish humanity from Earth and giant Robots that are piloted by Humans that are deployed to do battle with the Aliens and maybe even get rid of them!
Mr. Elba will be joining a cast that so far includes Charlie Hunnam (The Ledge) and Charlie Day (Always Sunny In Philadelphia).