Award-winning actor Idris Elba just took on a new role—and it’s not for a movie. Elba recently signed a global multi-book deal to publish a range of children’s books with HarperCollins.

Elba’s new venture into the world of kid lit will include picture and fiction books, featuring characters and worlds the actor and writing partner Robyn Charteris developed.

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The writer/actor said, in a press release, “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.”

President and Publisher HCCB US, Suzanne Murphy, said of the partnership, “Idris Elba is a creative force, who has many wonderful stories to tell. We are honored 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.”

Elba’s new line of children’s books for HarperCollins will launch in 2022.

—Erica Loop

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