Idris Elba Training to Fight for Real

Araya Diaz/WireImage(LONDON) — Star Trek: Beyond baddie Idris Elba is apparently fulfilling his “lifelong ambition” to be a proficient fighter.

People reports he has partnered again with Discovery for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series for which the already imposing actor has been training to be a kickboxer with the intention of “testing himself” against professional fighters. 

Elba has experience kickboxing for fitness, but the show will reportedly take him to various countries — including Cuba, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand — to hone his skills.

The series may premiere in early 2017, but the fighting is about to get underway. The actor just posted a shirtless Instagram of himself, along with the caption, “Cutting weight, two days before first fight, mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.”

Discovery International already airs Elba pushing his limits behind the wheel — and the pilot’s stick — with Idris Elba: No Limits. That series has him tackling disciplines like aerobatic feats, land speed records, and rally racing.


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