Watch The First Trailer For Idris Elba's Unlikely Kickboxing Documentary

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Having spent months in the ring to get in prime fighting shape, the first trailer for Idris Elba's new three-part kickboxing documentary has been released and it looks... quite intense, really.

After footage of Elba in the midst of a fight was posted by Madonna of all people back in October, we've been curiously awaiting the arrival of more information behind the project, which is being aired on The Discovery Channel.

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Titled Fighter, the series will follow Elba over the course of a year's training and traveling around the world, as he learns techniques from different schools of martial arts, before a proper fight in the final episode... like a boss battle.

Speaking to Daily Telegraph Australia, Elba said: "It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight.

"I've busted my nose a couple of times but hopefully it doesn't show. Keeping fit is important to me as part of my work and I always used to train back in the day as just a kickboxer before I was acting."

Watch the trailer below and the catch full series on The Discovery Channel starting from 17 January.