We love Idris Elba on Luther and more of him on American TV is okay by us.
Elba has signed on to star in the Showtime production Guerrilla. The series will also air in the U.K. via Sky Atlantic.
The six-part drama places the British actor in 1970s London. Guerrilla is described as a love story, revolving around “a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell.”
American director and writer John Ridley has written Guerrilla. Ridley took home the 2014 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.
Elba talked about teaming up with Ridley, saying, “It’s been a longtime desire of mine to collaborate with Mr. Ridley, and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat,” reports Radio Times.
Elba isn’t alone in giving out praise. Ridley is just as keen about the actor, reciprocating the kind words, saying, “I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion towards bringing this story to life.”
Ridley went on to talk about diversifying the entertainment landscape, saying, “I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of color.”
Elba has had quite the year, picking up two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performances in Beasts of No Nations and Luther. He also left the Independent Spirit Awards with the Best Supporting Actor Award for Beasts of No Nation (seen above). Also in 2016, he won The Critics’ Choice Television Award for Luther.
Elba provides the voice for The Jungle Book‘s Shere Khan, currently in theaters. You can look for him in this summer’s Bastille Day and Star Trek Beyond. And listen for him in Finding Dory as Fluke, also out this summer. We can look forward to him in 2017’s The Dark Tower, opposite Matthew McConaughey.
That’s a lot of Elba. But like he said, he is at his best when he’s acting (loosely paraphrased).
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