(Written for BritScene)

Luther star Idris Elba is in talks to join the cast of the TV adventure/thriller miniseries, Ascension.

British producer Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle) and writer Warren Ellis (Red) have teamed up for the project, which revolves around the history and future of astronomy and mankind’s impulse for the stars.

Elba is set to play a double role in the series as the Egyptian polymath Imhotep in 3000 B.C. as well as a brilliant astronomer in the near future.

Based on an original idea by Tiwary and his wife, Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, the series is currently being shopped to UK broadcasters.

Elba, who would executive produce the series, will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, set to be released on 8th June. We’ll let you know more about Ascension soon.