In the teaser video for this week’s show, Elba walks down the street in Manhattan wearing a cardigan and beanie hat when he receives the news. That magical call instantly transports him from the sidewalk straight to the SNL sound stage in Rockefeller Center. Elba strolls straight past the bumbling intern into Studio 8H.
A normal-sized bottle of champagne is no good for People magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive. SNL cast member Aidy Bryant pops open a bottle almost as tall as she is to celebrate the moment. Khalid’s Talk plays suggestively in the background. Recording artist Khalid is the musical guest for Saturday’s show. Both Elba and Khalid are first-time performers on the famed late night sketch show.
Everyone wants Idris Elba right now
Elba’s performance comes right before the premiere of his new Netflix comedy series, Turn Up Charlie. In that show, Elba plays a musician who has seen better days and becomes a nanny. Elba created the show with Gary Reich. The versatile former actor from Luther and The Wire also stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.
People seem to want Elba in, well, everything. For years, fans have requested he be cast as Daniel Craig’s replacement in the James Bond series. Not only is he a talented actor, but many think he’s a great choice to diversify the perennial spy franchise. Though outlets erroneously reported that Don Cheadle may replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel, it’s also reported that studio heads are eyeing Elba to put on the Deadshot suit.
Watch Elba host Saturday Night Live on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET on March 9. For now, watch the Turn Up Charlie star turn up the charm in the promo video below.