Idris ElbaIdris Elba, who rose to fame for his performance as "Stringer" Bell on the HBO series 'The Wire,' is now garnering attention for 'Legacy,' a new psychological thriller from writer-director Thomas Ikimi that just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Elba, who currently stars in the action-packed blockbuster 'The Losers,' recently chatted with Moviefone about the physically and mentally demanding indie, which co-stars another 'Wire' alum, Clarke Peters, while giving us the scoop on his favorite New York hot spots and the David Simon reunion that almost happened.

Read what he had to say below: Idris ElbaIdris Elba, who rose to fame for his performance as "Stringer" Bell on the HBO series 'The Wire,' is now garnering attention for 'Legacy,' a new psychological thriller from writer-director Thomas Ikimi that just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Elba, who currently stars in the action-packed blockbuster 'The Losers,' recently chatted with Moviefone about the physically and mentally demanding indie, which co-stars another 'Wire' alum, Clarke Peters, while giving us the scoop on his favorite New York hot spots and the David Simon reunion that almost happened.

Read what he had to say below:

How would you sell your movie, 'Legacy'?

I would pitch it as a psychological thriller. The story is about two brothers and their lives. In this particular time period, my character is a soldier that's come back from a long detail -- he's a career soldier -- and he comes back into Brooklyn where he was raised, he holds himself up in his Brooklyn motel room and starts to pick his life apart. Simultaneously, his brother is a senator who is on the climb, and you couldn't get more polar opposites. And in between, there's a lost love story. So, the story is definitely a story about the human condition. The thriller aspect is that there is a ticking time bomb that you see my character sort of unveiling the whole way through the film, and the psychological aspect comes from the fact that you're looking at someone and you're not sure what you're watching. Are you watching his real memories or his delusions?

You received a lot of attention for 'The Wire.' Has David Simon approached you about acting on 'Treme'?
Yeah ... Not too long ago ... I couldn't do it, unfortunately, but he wanted me to do a little cameo ... I couldn't do it, because it's been shot, but it was nice to be considered part of the family.

What's your favorite part of New York?
Probably Union Square, man. I have a big affinity for Union Square, because when I first got to the States, Union Square is where I first pitched up. There's a YMCA not too far from there, and I stayed there, and I'd come out and I'd chill out in Union Square in the middle of the summer. It was gorgeous. So I think that's probably one of my favorite places. And secondly, it happens to be Junior's Cheesecake in Brooklyn. That's my favorite place. You can catch me in there eating some cheesecake.

What's your favorite movie set in New York?
'Taxi Driver.' I'm not just saying that because of the Tribeca Film Festival, a la Mr. De Niro. But it is definitely 'Taxi Driver.'

This isn't a question. I just wanted to tell you that I really loved 'Obsessed.'

[Laughs] You are one of five fans ... I mean, it did very well. I thought it was an interesting take on a story we've seen a million times. However, I thought that the way that the studio set it up, you thought it might have some sort of racial undertones. It had none of that. It just was a funny -- not funny -- it was just a good thriller.