It all certainly started out with fact. Around 5:30 PST Sunday morning, actor Idris Elba had some very cryptic and very interesting comments for the Twitterverse. Here’s what he had to say:
Having one of the biggest meetings of my professional life today…meeting a very controversial director for a very controversial part. :-/
On the plane to the destination of my fate…..ok…. a lil dramatic….destination of my life..?
The second Tweet was accompanied by an image of Elba on the aforementioned plane. Predictably, the rumors began shortly after and continue up to this point. But one rumor seems to have caught much more steam than any others. That being that Elba was on his way to meeting with Quentin Tarantino, and the “controversial part” he spoke of was for the title role in Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained.
The facts have ended long ago. Now we’re completely in speculation mode, and it’s been brought on by Elba’s comments of a “controversial director” and meeting for a “controversial part”. Speculation turned into rumor, and rumor quickly turned into people begging for these two to work together. But that’s all it is at this point, rumor.
For all we know, Elba could have been boarding a flight to Denmark for Lars Von Trier’s next film. Roman Polanski could have a script he wanted Elba to look into. These two are certainly more controversial than Tarantino even if neither of them have the current recognition or clout to give anyone the “biggest meeting of their professional life”.
If this rumor ends up being true, if Elba is in actuality meeting with Tarantino to take on the Django role, it raises a new series of questions. Mainly, what happened with the rumors regarding Will Smith in the role? Maybe nothing. Elba could be meeting to fill the role of the film’s villain that was earlier speculated to be filled by Samuel L. Jackson. We really don’t know, and until something official comes out, we’re just continuing to spin the rumor mill.
What we’re really trying to say here is that Idris Elba started some rumblings with those cryptic Tweets this morning, and more than a few would love to see him work with Tarantino. Of course, as solid bits of information regarding Django Unchained come out, we’ll be reporting on them. Until then, fan cast all you like.