Idris Elba is Training to Be a Pro Kickboxer

idris elba

To his legion of fans, Idris Elba can do no wrong. The British actor’s ability to seamlessly transition between being a hero with a heart of gold, to a vicious villain is the stuff of cinematic legend. But while Elba is already one of the sexiest (and baddest) blokes around, the actor’s cool points are about to skyrocket once again.

According to an announcement at the the Edinburgh Television Festival, the Luther star will train to be a professional kickboxer in the Discovery series Idris Elba: Fighter.

“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” Elba said of the new challenge. “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.”

Two weeks left. For my Chuuus.

A video posted by 7dub (@7dub) on

Marjorie Kaplan, president of Content, Discovery Networks International, said the limited series will be “raw” and “intimate.”

“This raw yet intimate series will show a side of Idris that viewers and fans won’t get from his spectacular film work,” Kaplan said. “From East London to the Far East and the Caribbean, he’ll explore strength, stamina and spirituality through a range of martial arts and their fascinating histories. We’re absolutely thrilled that Idris has chosen Discovery to tell his story and journey in the right way.”

Elba, who has already starting training for the show, shared a few pictures and videos on Instagram. And from the looks of things, he’s already in great shape.