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Idris Elba Confirms That A Luther Film Is Happening

Idris Elba Confirms That A Luther Film Is Happening

With the majority of us having to spend more time at home over the last few months due to COVID, one comfort has been the wealth of box-sets that are available at the touch of a button.

While the very first episode of Luther aired almost 10-years ago, the Idris Elba-led thriller continues to grow in popularity due to its macabre mix of murder, mystery, the occult, violence, and excellent characters.

Granted, not every season has hit the high points of previous ones, but we're always interested in seeing what DCI John Luther is getting up to.

Spoiler alert, we last saw the detective in 2019, when four episodes of the fifth series aired over consecutive nights on BBC One, and he was in a spot of bother due to the actions of Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson).

Well, for the last few years, Elba and the show's creator Neil Cross have consistently teased a Luther film but speaking at the BAFTA's, Elba said that it is happening.

“I maintain that I’d like to see it come to a film and that’s what I think we’re heading towards. And looking forward to making that happen. It is happening, and I’m hoping it’s going to happen soon," said the star of The Wire and Thor.

When asked where he would like to see the character go in a film adaptation, he said: “With a film, the sky is the limit.”


“Obviously you can sort of be a little bit more bold with the storylines, maybe international, a little bit more up the scale, but John Luther is always going to be John Luther.”

In terms of recent achievements, Elba was awarded the BAFTA Special Award in recognition of his“exceptional career and commitment to championing diversity and new talent in the industry".

Truth be told, he deserved that award for his role as Stringer Bell alone!

Elba is currently starring in the third series of Sky comedy In the Long Run, which he also created.

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