A ‘Luther’ Film Is Finally Coming To Netflix, With Idris Elba And Andy Serkis Starring

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It’s been a ‘long time coming’.

After what feels like a lifetime (although has only been two years), we will finally be hearing that dark and curious theme tune again soon. Giving a major update on the hit BBC show Luther during a Zoom chat on The All-New Capital Weekender, lead actor Idris Elba confirmed back in February that the long-rumoured movie is finally on its way, with filming set to begin soon. But if that wasn’t exciting enough already, Netflix has also confirmed that they’re coming along for the ride – collaborating with the BBC on the feature-length film.

Providing a major update on the movie just today, Netflix announced: “Idris Elba will reprise his iconic role — joined by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis — in a new feature film written by series creator Neil Cross.”

While Andy Serkis and Cynthia Erivo have been announced as part of the project, fans are eagerly awaiting word on whether Ruth Wilson will return as the fan-favourite Alice.

Credit: BBC

Fans will remember that series five ended on a bit of a cliffhanger (*spoiler alert*), where Luther (Idris Elba) was arrested and Alice (Ruth Wilson) was left with an unknown fate. The show, too, was left with an unknown fate – with showrunners leaving a series renewal hanging in the balance and rumours running rife that fans would instead get a movie. The idea of a film has been a project long-supported by Idris Elba, who back in 2020 said of the idea: “I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film”.

Speaking to MistaJam earlier this year, Elba said of his 2021 plans: “Apart from making more music, people that love my film and stuff, listen, I’m going to be making Luther: The Movie. I’m super excited and I hope the fans are sort of excited for that. It’s been a long time coming for a movie, so I’m excited about that. We’ve been making the show for 10 years, so we’re making a film.”

Commenting in 2018, Elba also said that the fifth series would not be the end of DCI Luther, saying of future plans “Our ambition is it falls on the scale of Seven”. 

The series has successfully upped the ante season-to-season since its premiere back in 2010, so while a plot is currently unconfirmed for the upcoming movie, its safe to say we can expect John Luther wrapped up in more trouble and potentially a new, terrifying case to crack. The cast for the film is also TBC, so stay tuned for more news on Luther developments in the coming months.

[Featured image: BBC]

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