That’s right: a Luther movie is now being filmed!
After five seasons, the last of which aired back in January of 2019, Idris Elba will be back as DCI John Luther in a feature film. Production has officially begun on the movie, being directed by Jaime Payne, who helmed four episodes of the series. The screenplay comes from Luther creator Neil Cross.
Elba took to social media to tease his return as Luther, unveiling two behind-the-scenes images from the set. The first image is of a slate dated October 27th and the second shows off the character’s familiar coat and tie.
Oi……I’m back! pic.twitter.com/wOxHBwnbxo
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 10, 2021
The feature is being described by Netflix as “an epic continuation of the Luther saga reimagined for film”. The cast will also include Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), although there’s still no word on who they’ll be playing, with Dermot Crowley reprising his series role as Martin Schenk.
Kicking off in 2010, the BBC drama had Elba in an award-winning turn as John Luther, a dedicated, obsessive, possessed, and sometimes violent police officer who is often consumed by the darkness of the crimes he investigates. The series also starred Ruth Wilson, fantastic as the oh-so troubled Alice Morgan. Elba was nominated for four Primetime Emmys for the role and in 2016 was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Elba and Cross are on board as producers, alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready for Chernin Entertainment. Netflix is producing the picture in association with the BBC.