The Pacific Rim actor both stars in and has directed the music video for the Mumford & Sons single “Lover of the Light.” In it, he plays a blind man who finds meaning in nature. It’s a beautifully shot and acted video from a collaboration we never would have previously thought of.
Considering what a success this video is, we’d love to see Elba get the chance to direct more in the future. There have been plenty of directors who have moved from music videos to the big screen (here’s looking at you, Zack Snyder, Michel Gondry and Alex Proyas), and we don’t see why Elba shouldn’t follow in their footsteps. We know of at least one movie that’s in need of a director with a good visual eye.