Michael Jordan Shockingly Rejected Legendary Actor Idris Elba’s Request to Play His Role in Biopic

Published 05/24/2022, 5:20 PM EDT

Michael Jordan has denied Idris Elba the opportunity to play him in a biopic. The 49-year-old actor revealed the harsh truth in a recent edition of Complex‘s ‘Sneaker Shopping.’

Any fan will agree that Elba, who has been garnering much attention in recent years for his good looks and brilliant acting, would have been a dream fit to play Jordan on the silver screen. But unfortunately, the six-time NBA champion has not given the green signal yet.

Movie fans have been clamoring for Elba to get the role of James Bond for a long time. This news once again hurls the actor into the headlines.


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Idris Elba talks about Jordan rejecting his offer

Idris Elba appeared in a recent Complex to talk about sneakers. While talking about Jordan shoes, the conversation veered inevitably towards Michael Jordan.

Elba said Jordan threw huge parties in the Bahamas with stars, celebrities, and a lot of familiar faces. The Bulls legend invited Elba one time to one of his parties.

Meanwhile, the host asked Elba, “Did you ever meet him?”

Yes, once or twice,” replied the star, “I even said to him one time, I wanna play you.” Jordan’s reply was disheartening. “I’m not ready yet.

After that, Elba also mentioned that he is more interested in capturing Jordan as a businessman and a philanthropist, rather than a basketball player.

The incredible life of Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s life is nothing short of a movie. From his gargantuan exploits on the court to the incredible stories in his personal life.

CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan (L) of the Chicago Bulls smiles while standing next to Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz 07 June in the first half of game three of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The seven game series is tied at 1-1. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Jordan’s Herculean accomplishments on the court have been captured in many documentaries. The most notable one being Netflix’s The Last Dance (2020).


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It created headlines on a regular basis with its detailed analysis of various topics centering on Jordan and his Bulls. The topics ranged from precluding Isiah Thomas from the Dream Team of 1992 to the drama that unfolded in the Bulls’ organization during and after their sixth championship victory.

Space Jam also recorded certain aspects of Jordan’s life. The most notable being his father’s untimely demise.


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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

Edited By: Arunaditya Aima