If you didn’t know, now you know: Luther is returning, and Golden Globe-winning star Idris Elba has been snapped on the East London set, marking the beginning of production of a two-part special set for premiere on BBC AMERICA this fall. In the latest installment written by Emmy-nominated creator Neil Cross, DCI John Luther is said to face “his most chilling adversary yet” as a complex case pushes the ever-embattled detective to the edge.
We also have news on the supporting cast, which will feature Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey star Rose Leslie alongside Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie), Darren Boyd (Fortitude, Spy), John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ripper Street) and Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers, The Paradise). Michael Smiley (Benny Silver) and Dermot Crowley (DSU Martin Schenk) will reprise their roles for the two-parter.
Executive producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff says, “It’s very exciting to have Idris Elba back as DCI John Luther and to be in East London shooting the show’s fourth installment. Neil Cross has pulled out all the stops to make this the biggest, scariest story yet and it’s a privilege to welcome such a glittering array of acting talent to our already stellar cast.”
It’s a good time to be Idris Elba: today (March 3), it was announced that Netflix is picking up Beasts of No Nation, a film starring Elba and written and directed by Cary Fukunaga of True Detective fame. USA Today reports that the movie, set in West Africa, will see a simultaneous release on the streaming platform and in select theaters.Read More