“People know that I DJ and I make music and all that, but the hybrid of being able to put something that I’ve made specifically for a movie I’m in is new territory for me,” Elba told EW.
The 46-year-old actor may be best known for his dramatic roles in The Wire and Luther, but he’s also spent years spinning records under the name DJ Big Driis. Before he landed The Wire, he supported himself by taking DJ gigs wherever he could, and although his music career has largely taken a backseat to his acting, he still performs and writes. In April, he performed at Coachella, and he recently signed a global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.
“Idris is an artist in so many ways; he’s an incredible actor and also a martial artist and a musician,” Leitch says. “And when you’re surrounded by artists like that, you want to just take advantage of it and support the creativity and see where it goes.”