Why Idris Elba Calls ‘Zootopia’ Success ‘Unexpected’

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‘Zootopia’: Idris Elba Surprised By Box Office Hit

“Zootopia” isn’t the typical animated film. Its universe sees animals in place of people—taking on mundane jobs and existing in a world much like our own.

So it comes as a surprise to Idris Elba, who voices Chief Bogo, that the quirky film proved to be such a big hit.

“Unexpected,” he described its success at the London premiere, adding, “but it’s really good that audiences are warming to it. It’s quite topical, this film. There are quite relatable subject matters that are discussed [in the film] so that’s good.”

‘Zootopia’ Breaks Disney Record

Disney’s “Zootopia” earned $73.7 million during its weekend opening, becoming the Walt Disney Studios’ biggest animated debut ever, according to estimates.

In “Zootopia,” rookie bunny officer Judy Hopps, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin, attempts to solve a mystery with help from Jason Bateman’s Nick Wilde. Also featuring voice talent from Shakira, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, and more.

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Meanwhile, Elba’s next film will be fore more mature audiences. Stephen King recently announced that he and Matthew McConaughey have been cast in the big screen adaptation of his book “Dark Tower.” The film, set to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel, is scheduled for release in January 2017. Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins are all on board to produce.

Recently, Elba completed a praised performance in “Beasts of No Nation” that was snubbed by the 88th Academy Awards. Set amid a civil war in an unidentified African country, he plays a warlord who takes the orphaned youngster, played by Abraham Attah, as his protégé.

The Netflix original drama is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel of the same name and is currently available to stream on the video platform