Black 'Thor' Actor Blasts Debate Over His Casting

Idris Elba in "Thor."
Idris Elba in "Thor."
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“It’s so ridiculous,” Idris Elba says as The Hollywood Reporter magazine looks at colorblind casting and the shrinking roles for African-American actors before Friday's NAACP Image Awards.

UPCOMING FILMS: A Snapshot of Black Hollywood 2011

Madea's Big Happy Family (April 22): Director: Tyler Perry. Starring Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow Wow and Isaiah Mustafa.
Madea gathers her busy and distracted family together so that her niece can reveal the health problems she faces.

Jumping the Broom (May 6):
Director: Salim Akil. Starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Tasha Smith.
A Martha's Vineyard wedding brings together two very different families.

The Skank Robbers (Aug. 19):
Starring Martin Lawrence, Halle Berry and Jamie Foxx.
Lawrence and Foxx reprise their Sheneneh and Wanda roles.

Contagion (Oct. 21):
Director: Steven Soderbergh. Starring Laurence Fishburne.
An international team of doctors deals with the outbreak of a deadly disease.

Tower Heist (Nov. 4): Director: Brett Ratner. Starring Eddie Murphy.
A group of hardworking guys decides to pay back a businessman who has swindled them.

We the Peeples (November): Director: Tina Gordon Chism. Starring Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier.
The family of a psychologist's girlfriend is in desperate need of his help.

Red Tails (2011):
Director: Anthony Hemingway. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Michael B. Jordan and Ne-Yo.
The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II, take to the air.

Winnie (2011):
Director: Darrell Roodt. StarringTerrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson.
The life of Nelson Mandela's wife is explored in this indie biopic.

Catch .44 (TBA):
Director: Aaron Harvey. Starring Forest Whitaker.
A stranger (Bruce Willis) offers three girls a better life -- through crime.

The Butler (2012): Director: Lee Daniels.
Despite Daniels' two Oscars for Precious, he is still trying to raise funds for this true life tale of White House butler Eugene Allen, wich may come through soon. He's also working on the casting of his Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma. Daniels calls the black-averse Hollywood system "An atrocity. I think it's a shame. But you know I know my place -- it's a disgrace."

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