The deal with HarperCollins will have a series of picture and fiction children’s stories inspired by his daughter.
The deal includes both picture and fiction books that the actor has developed alongside his writing partner, Robyn Charteris. The actor, DJ and now author, announced the news via Twitter stating that the book will be available in 2022.
Elba said, “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins.”
Charteris has worked on a Bafta-winning children’s drama series for CBBC, as well as creating and writing one of the first original 52-episode pre-school series for CBeebies. She has also served as a creative consultant for Mattel and Lego and has a master’s degree in playwriting.
Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books in the US said, “Idris Elba is a creative force, who has many wonderful stories to tell. We are honoured to be working with him and with Robyn Charteris to bring Idris’s rich and imaginative storytelling to the world of children’s books, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the HarperCollins family.“