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The 38-year-old actor's chocolate doppelganger was created to celebrate the launch of television channel Drama on the new on-demand service uktvplay.co.uk following a national poll which named the Oscar nominated star as Britain's best looking television drama actor.
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Via: Variety
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UPDATE: Writer Simon Pegg has told MTV that he's written a role for Elba, but doesn't know if he's officially signed on: "Idris is an extraordinary actor and we're trying to write him a kickass role. This is the five year mission, we're out there. We don't need to keep bumping into the same five people. It's a massive universe!"

Original story follows below:

There aren't many details to share, but Variety is reporting that Idris Elba is in talks to join the cast of Star Trek 3.  

The rumor is that he'd be playing a villain, possibly a Klingon, since until this point these classic Star Trek antagonists have had a pretty minor role in the series.

In the past, Elba has claimed he is "not a massive sci-fi fan" and expressed a lot of displeasure about his nerdy action roles, describing his work as Marvel's Heimdall as "torture" and his work in Pacific Rim as "brutal."  Elba appears to be much more interested in his roles as characters like Nelson Mandela, describing the difference between portraying him and Heimdall:

I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f------ helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: '24 hours ago, I was Mandela.' When I walked into the set the extras called me Madiba.... Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.


Elba seems far from interested in being a sci-fi star, so it'd be surprising to see him in Star Trek.  Would you like to see DCI John Luther as a Klingon?

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Canadians and Trekkies have been “Spocking” their five-dollar bills for years, but since Leonard Nimoy’s death there’s a been a surge in people sharing the defaced bills online to pay tribute.

Last week the Canadian Design Resource (CDR) Twitter account encouraged its followers to scribble on former Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s face to honor Nimoy.

  

  

There’s a community on Facebook called “SpockingYourFives” which explains the origins which is says are “shrouded in secrecy.”

Many years ago, some clever individual whos name has no doubt been forgotten in the annals of time noticed that Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s portrait on the Canadian five-dollar bill looked remarkably like a certain famous Vulcan. And thus the Spock five was born. With the advent of the new Canadian five-dollar bill, Laurier looks even more like Leonard Nimoy, ensuring the Spock five has a long and prosperous future.



With the increased attention towards “Spocking,” the Bank of Canada has come out saying that the practice is actually perfectly legal, but they still don’t want you to do it.

“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” bank spokeswoman Josianne Menard told theCBC.

Captain Kirk approves:

  

  

Images Via: Twitter/CDR

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