The final mini-season of the hit show Luther is almost upon us here in the US! The BBC One series may have already aired its final season in the UK, but it’s been tailored into a four-night mini-series for BBC America audiences, starting September 3.
It’s not truly the end of Luther, though. Well, in a sense it is, but it isn’t really.
Let me explain: The show’s creator, Neil Cross, has written the script for a film that goes along with the series, but it will function as a prequel - the movie will end on the same day the television series begins.
The film is said to follow DCI John Luther’s early career in law enforcement, before he becomes the dark, jaded, and short-fused detective we see in the TV show.
Cross told the media that in the film we we’ll get to see exactly how Luther becomes the hardened cop we’re used to seeing. He’ll still be married to Zoe, of course, which means Indira Varma (who can be seen in the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones) will very likely return to reprise the role.
Idris Elba, the show’s star and co-producer (who won a Golden Globe for the part), has said that he would very much be interested in reprising his role as Luther's eponymous character. Here's hoping the actor will have the time! After all, according to Cross the show ended because Elba had become such an established star in Hollywood.
Recently Elba starred as Stacker Pentecost in the summer blockbuster Pacific Rim, but that was nowhere near his first time taking Hollywood by storm.
Previously, Elba has had recurring and starring roles in the US version of The Office as well as the critically acclaimed show The Wire. You may recognize the Brit from his portrayal of the stoic gate-keeper Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor (he will be reprising the role for this fall’s sequel, Thor 2: The Dark World) or the laid-back ship captain in Prometheus.
Fun fact: Idris Elba also had the pleasure of playing Beyonce’s husband in the 2009 thriller Obsessed.
Soon Elba will be hitting the big screen again, this time in a role that is near and dear to his heart. Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Needless to say, it looks like Idris Elba is on the brink of becoming a very busy and highly sought after leading man. Here’s hoping he finds the time to round out his time as John Luther with a film!