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Apple signs Elba to first-look deal

July 13, 2020

Apple has agreed a first-look deal with actor, writer and DJ Idris Elba that will see his production company, Green Door Pictures, produce series and streaming features for Apple TV+.

Elba has appeared in such movies as Hobbs & Shaw, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, The Dark Tower, Star Trek: Beyond and Beasts of No Nation, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award for best actor.

Elba also starred as the title character in the BBC detective series Luther, as well as seminal HBO crime drama The Wire. He also has a ket role in Suicide Squad 2 due for release in summer 2021.

Elba founded Green Door Pictures in 2013 with the mission of developing new and established talent to champion inclusion, representation and diversity. Scripted TV credits include the Sky One comedy In the Long Run, created by and featuring Elba, as well as the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

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