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If you follow Idris Elba on social media then you know he’s been hitting the gym, and a bean bag pretty hard lately. But it’s not for a new movie role. The 43-year-old actor has been getting into fighting shape for a new docu-series where he will transform into a professional kickboxer. According to Deadline:

The actor and producer is buffing up for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series that will extend the Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee’s relationship with Discovery Networks International following their collaboration on racing program No Limits. The three-part hourlong factual will see Elba undertake the physically and mentally demanding task of training to become a professional kickboxer — ultimately competing against a seasoned brawler in a no-holds-barred bout.

“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” said the Golden Globe and SAG Award winner. “Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”

Elba has been posting videos of his training on his Instagram account, and also showed off his toned physique Sunday morning in this sexy snap. “Cutting weight two days before first fight,” he said flexing his bicep, and chiseled abs. “Mind in the right place. Fear NO guy.”

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The series which is being shot on location in the UK, Cuba, Japan, South Africa and Thailand, is slated to begin airing in early 2017.

 

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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