Two things I love: watching people get kicked in the face and Idris Elba. Put them together and what do you have? The new Discovery series Idris Elba: Fighter. Check out the first trailer and try to contain yourself. This is going to rule.
So, Idris Elba is not just a dude who plays tough guys in movies an on TV. As it turns out, Stringer Bell is pretty badass in real life, too, as is evident in this trailer for Idris Elba: Fighter.
The premise is simple, over the course of the three-episode series, the 44-year-old British actor travels around, trains to become a pro kickboxer, digs into the history of Muay Thai, and ultimately steps in the ring with another fighter where they beat the hell out of each other for a few rounds. Sounds perfect.
Idris Elba: Fighter doesn’t come totally out of the blue. The Luther star is a longtime kickboxer. Or at least he’s trained for more than a decade. He’s often stated that it’s his primary way to stay in shape for his acting roles—and if you’ve seen him, it’s definitely working. Additionally, he’s also talked a number of times of being “fight ready” at a moment’s notice and his desire to get in a ring and throw down.
Talking about Idris Elba: Fighter when it was first announced, the star of the upcoming Dark Tower saga said:
“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally. Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”
This isn’t the first time Elba has indulged one of his passions via reality TV, either. A renowned gearhead, we’ve already seen him tackles cars and racing a couple of times in Idris Elba: King of Speed and Idris Elba: No Limits. As he’s also a musician and DJ, I’ve already postulated we’ll ultimately see Idris Elba: Lets’ Go Clubbing.
This may spoil things, but back in October, Idris Elba won his first kickboxing match. Take a look below as filmed by none other than Madonna.
Idris Elba: Fighter debuts on Discovery U.K. on January 17. I don’t know when it airs in the U.S., but you can bet I’ll be keeping an eye out. And I would like to take the opportunity to thank Discovery Channel for knowing how much the world wants to watch Idris Elba elbow dudes in the skull.