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There's that smile that turns us to mush. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Idris Elba appeared at New York City’s Roxy Hotel last night (December 2) to launch the next installment of BBC AMERICA’s Luther, premiering on Thursday, December 17 at 9pm Eastern Time.

The British actor was keen to hang out after the screening, taking part in a Q&A. Elba brought a lot to the table with his thoughts on Luther, and he set the record straight on the Bond babble that’s been trailing him:

There’s more Elba tonight:

We’re not the only ones looking forward to mid-December:

Here are some snaps from the event:

Elba embraced his longtime friend, BBC America’s SVP of Programming Richard De Croce on the red carpet. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Elba poses with his longtime friend, BBC America’s SVP of Programming Richard De Croce, on the red carpet. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
There's that smile that turns us to mush. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
There’s that smile that turns us to mush. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
In all seriousness, it was time to get down to business. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
In all seriousness, it was time to get down to business. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

If that weren’t enough to wet your whistle, Elba talked to RadioTimes recently about taking his character Detective Chef Inspector John Luther up on stage.

We’re not saying this is actually going to happen, nor is he, but it is a fun idea.

Elba elaborated on this concept, saying, “Secretly I’ve been imagining Luther on stage. He’s a great character, there could be a very small detailed version of him that lives on stage.”

The actor appreciates playing such a great character, paying tribute to the writers in the interview by saying, “I want to keep playing John in some way, shape or form. I probably won’t get written a character like that again, so I’ve just got to figure out how to keep it going. I’ll keep playing Luther but in a new way.”

We completely understand why the actor is so attached to the complex character based on how he describes the dynamic, “I always go to Luther when I’m at my grumpiest. I use John as a little bit of therapy for me. There’s a lot of screaming and shouting …”

Elba’s dance card is full, his Netflix original film Beasts of No Nation is currently streaming online. He’s already completed Bastille Day, The Jungle Book, and Star Trek Beyond, all releasing in 2016. And is now working on lending his voice to the animated film Finding Dory, also out in 2016.

We can look forward to the next installment of Luther airing on BBC AMERICA Thursday, December 17 at 9pm Eastern Time.

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By Brigid Brown