Exclusive: 'Office' boss Idris Elba joins 'The Big C'

idris-elbaImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosHere’s another big reason to catch Showtime’s The Big C when it premieres later this summer: The fantastic Idris Elba is joining the cast as a love interest for Laura Linney’s cancer-stricken (and very much married) character.

I’m told the Wire and Office alum will appear in at least four episodes of the dark comedy’s first season, which bows Aug. 16.

The Big C centers on a suburban wife and mother (Linney) whose world is turned upside down when she’s diagnosed with cancer. Oliver Platt costars as the guy Linney’s newly enlightened alter ego may or may not cheat on. [Beat] I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt!

Elba is currently winning raves across the pond for his starring role in BBC One’s six-part psychological thriller Luther. The project makes its debut Stateside later this year on BBC America.

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  • jen

    It makes me sad that the primary allusion you use in your headline is his brief stint on the office, rather his time as Stringer Bell on The Wire.

    • m

      i know! he will always be stringer bell to me.

    • Johnification

      Well, it was more recent and also on network TV.

      • Marie

        then you obviously haven’t seen The Wire……..

    • Kurt

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • laylagalise

      Agreed! But Aus never took to “The Wire,” so maybe that’s why…

    • Shiny

      RocknRolla, with his British accen? sign!

  • martie

    Luther *-*

  • carine

    I’d rather BBC ordered another season of Luther. That would be better news for all of us considering how good Luther is.

  • carine

    I’d rather BBC ordered another season of Luther. That would be better news for all of us considering how good Luther is.

  • Callie

    I’d cheat with him! :)

  • Callie

    I’d cheat with him! :)

  • Omar Little

    Didn’t know he was on the Office. The Wire was the greatest show on television. Idris Elba will have cred forever for playing one of TV greatest anti-heroes. Where the boy, String? Where is the @##$ is Wallace?

  • Omar Little

    Didn’t know he was on the Office. The Wire was the greatest show on television. Idris Elba will have cred forever for playing one of TV greatest anti-heroes. Where the boy, String? Where is the @##$ is Wallace?

    • Tim

      The Wire was the best show ever on television.

      Mr. Elba was quite good on ‘The Office’ as well.

  • m.

    “The Wire” wasn’t “hip” enough for Ausiello :)
    I agree “The Wire” being the greatest thing on TV and Idris Elba will always be Stringer Bell.

  • m.

    “The Wire” wasn’t “hip” enough for Ausiello :)
    I agree “The Wire” being the greatest thing on TV and Idris Elba will always be Stringer Bell.

  • Jen E.

    Idris was yummy on the Office, though. I would’ve scratched both Angela and Kelly’s eyes out to get to him. ;)

  • Jen E.

    Idris was yummy on the Office, though. I would’ve scratched both Angela and Kelly’s eyes out to get to him. ;)

  • Viv

    Marriage vows don’t stand a chance with that suave dude around. Get it, Laura Linney.

  • Viv

    Marriage vows don’t stand a chance with that suave dude around. Get it, Laura Linney.

  • Chaz Winterbottom

    Oh the C is for Cancer. For a minute I thought this was a female centric spin-off of Hung. Totally different C.

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