According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elba is taking on the role of Celanawe in Mouse Guard. The character is described as similar to Obi-Wan Kenobi, in that he’s legend thought to be dead or missing. If he does join the project, he’ll be working alongside Andy Serkis, Giancarlo Esposito and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
The original comics take place in a medievel fantasy world where mice are protected by the titular order (a group of highly-specialized warrior mice) from dangerous predators, like foxes and birds. Celanawe, as it were, is a legendary member of the Mouse Guard – one also known as “Black Axe” – who, when the story begins, vanished long ago and has since been presumed dead or gone.
In addition to Mouse Guard, Elba might end up replacing Will Smith as Deadshot for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The actor can next be seen playing villain Brixton Lore opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in Hobbs & Shaw.
Mouse Guard does not have an official release date right now.