Thor: Ragnarok’s Idris Elba is reportedly in negotiations to join The Maze Runner director Wes Ball’s forthcoming motion-capture fantasy comic book adaptation Mouse Guard.
Created by David Petersen, Mouse Guard is set in a medieval fantasy world of anthropomorphic animals. The story follows an order of mice who are the sworn protectors of the realm, and sees them face off against a veritable menagerie of predatory villains, such as foxes, eagles, and rats. The flick will be shot by utilising state-of-the-art motion capture, as provided by the world famous WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).
Idris Elba will supposedly portray Celanawe – a mouse who was a former member of the Guard, and wielder of the fabled Black Axe. Elba will join the already cast Andy Serkis (Black Panther) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones). Serkis will be the villain of the piece, portraying the traitorous blacksmith Midnight, and Brodie-Sangster will be Lieam, the guard’s newest and youngest recruit, and hero of the series.
Mouse Guard is expected to begin production in earnest in May, with no release date set. Idris Elba can next be seen as the antagonist in Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw.