Netflix has announced the Luther movie scheduled to begin rolling cameras later this month will soon make itself at home in our streaming queues.
Marking the return of Idris Elba as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther – who has actually been campaigning for the critically-acclaimed BBC crime thriller’s feature-length adaptation for some time – the series lead and potential Bond candidate will be joined by Andy Serkis and Cynthia Erivo.
Entertainment Weekly reports it’s currently unclear whether fans can expect an appearance of Ruth Wilson as serial killer and romantic interest, Alice Morgan. Of course, depending on how you interpret how season 5 ended, the character might just be dead.
In 2018, Elba mentioned show creator Neil Cross had been “beavering away” on a screenplay. Cross’ involvement as scribe has now been confirmed in the very same announcement indicating the Luther movie is headed to Netflix. Jamie Payne, who directed season 5, has also signed on to helm the production.
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“Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider, and I think what we’d like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it,” Idris Elba previously told press.
“I feel like John has to make some decision in jail. It’s quite clear that it would be very difficult for him to be a policeman moving forward. I think that’s a great setup for a movie.”
“The last few seasons have been more like mini-movies, and film allows us to now have more dramatic pin points moments that are slightly more compressed and it’s a bigger but smaller dose of Luther.”
“It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning DCI Luther. Essentially, we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well.”
Luther originally aired from 2010 to 2019 on BBC. Garnering multiple nominations for a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and so forth, it also earned Idris Elba himself the odd award. Currently, the total five seasons holds an IMDb score of 8.4/10, Rotten Tomato score of 88%, and average Google score of 4.6/5.