It is a bit weird to call a forty year-old man a “rising star” but Idris Elba is entering a new stratosphere of superstardom. While widely popular for his portrayal of Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (once he was gone, the show wasn’t worth watching), he has only gone on to bigger (though not always better) things. He isn’t just a scene stealer but a movie stealer.
Since The Wire, Elba has had a memorable run on The Office and has been in such massive films as Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (the only good part of that flick), Prometheus (eating scenery around the likes of Charlize Theron), Thor, and Pacific Rim. He is set to play Nelson Mandela in the upcoming Long Walk To Freedom and reprise his role as Heimdall, guardian of the rainbow bridge, in Thor: the Dark World. Now, Elba is set to take, perhaps, his most beloved roll since Stringer Bell to the big screen.
As the lead in BBC drama Luther, Elba has two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Mini-Series made for Television. Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is a brilliant and tortured policeman that has solves crime by walking that razor’s edge of legality. He has been touched by tragedy and distrust from his own department. His performance has a swagger undercut with vulnerability. He is absolutely captivating. Just finishing the third series, it was uncertain as to what the future of John Luther would be.
Series creator and writer, Neil Cross, announced at the annual Edinburgh TV festival that Luther was coming to the silver screen. Says Cross:
“I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year. Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”
This story has already been told brilliantly in the Luther prequel novel, The Calling. Upon reading it, fans rabidly wanted to see Elba in his first go ’round with child killer Henry Madsen. Several characters, now dead in the series, will be returning including (spoilers) DS Justin Ripley (played by Warren Brown), Zoe Luther (Indira Varma), and the pre-villainous Ian Reed (Steven Mackintosh). Ripley’s inclusion is curious as he and Luther aren’t introduced until the first episode of the series. It is unlikely that fan favorite, serial killer Alice Morgan (played charmingly devilish by Ruth Wilson) would be back as it wouldn’t make much sense. Sorry, Alice fans.
Concrete filming plans have not been made as of yet, as Elba is booked for some time. Filming likely cannot begin in earnest until the middle of next year with release no sooner than the end of 2014. Subscribe to this page for further updates.