'Turn Up Charlie': What kind of 'manny' will Idris Elba make when he takes on the role of a struggling DJ?
Idris Elba has played the role of tough guys like Heimdall in 'Thor and the titular detective cop in 'Luther,' but in 'Turn Up Charlie' we will see a new side of him
Talk about a new year, new possibilities, as Idris Elba takes on the role of a "manny" in Netflix's upcoming comedy 'Turn Up Charlie.' MEAWW's previous article on the show talked about how 'Luther' got a sense of humor, and the important question followed as to how trained is Elba when it comes to playing a "manny"? The 46-year-old Elba is almost synonymous to his tough guy roles such as Heimdall in 'Thor,' Stringer Bell in 'The Wire' and the titular detective cop, in 'Luther.'
In 'Turn Up Charlie,' the series slated to premiere March 15, Elba will play Charlie, a struggling DJ who moonlights as a "manny" for a Hollywood brat, looking for a final chance to earn fame. Fans of Elba know he is a DJ in real life going by the moniker DJ Big Driis and it's not hard to imagine him spinning tracks and playing some really cool music. But it's difficult to fathom him as a "manny" because we've never truly seen the softer side of him.
Added to that, he will be babysitting is his best friend David's (JJ Field) problem child named Gabby and it is guaranteed she will not be an easy child to handle, thanks to the synopsis that reads; "struggling DJ and eternal bachelor Charlie is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter, Gabby." The 2018's 'Sexiest Man Alive,' may add an even sexier appeal, taking on the male nanny role, because it can be admitted that a man like Elba playing around with kids is a heart-melter for sure.
But what kind of "manny" will he make? The recently released first look hints that he will make a rather cool "manny," who will not let the "problem child" get in the way of his music. He will sail through both, taking Gabby to his clubs, wait, is that even allowed? But one of the pictures look like he did just that.
Our first look at Idris Elba's new Netflix comedy series #TurnUpCharlie. Elba plays a struggling DJ turned 'manny' to his famous best friend's daughter.— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) January 3, 2019
Turn Up Charlie drops March 15. pic.twitter.com/HaY4p54BN2
Elba is a real-life father of two children, Winston aged 4 and a 17-year-old daughter named Isan. Isan is the proud daughter of a very successful father and complimented him while being interviewed by E! "I have to give him props for this one. I am actually really proud of him for this," she said about his sense of style.
When Elba was asked about raising a teenage daughter, he joked: "someone told me that having a teenage brain is akin to having Alzheimer's at 55. Your brain just goes bonkers." He further described his fatherhood: "My daughter is proud of me but at the same time she's like don't touch me, don't come anywhere near me, but I love you dad."
Talking about Winston, he said: "I'm a very doting father. I don't always get to spend that much time with my children because I'm working so much. But when I'm at home I love being with him and he's a really good boy."
No more playing the tough guy this upcoming series, Elba will not only share his real-life experience in reel life as a DJ, but also as a father figure. We can't wait!
The series consists eight episodes and each is 30 minutes long. 'Turn Up Charlie' premieres March 15 on Netflix.