Idris Elba in Talks to Join Mouse Guard, Too

Celanawe in Mouse Guard.
Celanawe in Mouse Guard.
Image: BOOM! Studios

Is it just me, or is Idris Elba in everything lately? His prospective genre film list is blowing up—from Hobbs and Shaw, to The Suicide Squad, and now Mouse Guard. He’s even in Cats! Elba is going all-in on being our rugged genre fiction hero, and I’m here for it.


Oh, yes, Mouse Guard. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Elba is in talks to join the Wes Ball-directed film, appearing alongside Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Elba will play Celanawe, who THR calls “an Obi-Wan Kenobi-like figure”. I haven’t read Mouse Guard yet, so y’all will have to tell me how accurate that is.

The original comic, published by Boom! Studios, is written by David Petersen. The movie has no set release date, but production is slated to begin in May of this year.

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In the world of Mouse Guard, there is a legendary mouse by the name The Black Axe, Celanawe is the current incarnation of The Black Axe.  The Black Axe is kinda like Obi-Wan, he’s whiling away his days, instead of training a new Black Axe, and he helps some Guard Mice after his axe is stolen.  I hope Idris plays the character with his voice, and doesn’t do anything special, it may be kind of odd hearing such a deep voice come from a mouse.  I wish they would hire voice actors though.