Mumford & Sons team up with Idris Elba for music video
Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba has made his directorial debut with global folk sensation Mumford & Sons.
The Wire actor Elba co-directed the video to forthcoming single "Lover of the Light" in the Pembrokeshire countryside and also stars in it.
The band met with Elba and scriptwriter Dan Cadan in a London pub and after an "ale infused" conversation decided to go ahead with the project.
"We are, quite obviously, huge fans of Idris Elba's acting work, as pretty much anyone can agree he's the most badass British actor since Richard Briars. So we trusted him as the director for our latest video," a spokesperson for Mumford & Sons said.
The band said they don't normally enjoy being in music videos, saying they've "always been uncomfortable with the process" unless they are performing live.
"Talking to Idris and Dan about making a video that we're not in made it a lot more fun to think about," they said.
"They went off and wrote the treatment after our ale-infused conversation in a pub in London, and what they directed, we are proud to present as ' Lover of the Light'."
The single, released on 3 December, is taken from Mumford & Sons' second album, Babel, which debuted at number 1 in both the UK and US in September and has sold over 1 million copies globally.
Idris Elba presented a documentary, How Clubbing Changed the World, Channel 4, which aired in August. His acting credits include Ghost Rider, Thor, The Big C, The Losers and The Wire.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Reyhaneh Jabbari: Iran due to execute woman for murder of her alleged attempted rapist
- 2 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 3 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 4 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 5 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
Cilla, episode 3, ITV - review: Ed Stoppard steals the limelight as Beatles manager Brian Epstein
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'
The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time
The Simpsons death: Character killed off - but not the one you thought
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >