Elba: 'We are this close to making a film of Luther'

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2020

British actor Idris Elba was recently asked about the possibility of BBC crime drama "Luther" coming to the big screen.

First premiering in 2010 and created and exclusively written by Neil Cross, Luther stars Elba as the titular obsessive detective and has seen him gain a Golden Globe award, a Screen Actors Guild award, an NAACP Image Award, a Critics' Choice Award, and four Emmy nominations.

"There isn't a real formal plan for "Luther" at the moment", Elba said. Since debuting in 2010, there have been five total seasons, though they have arrived with decreasing frequency, with the most recent fifth season arriving in 2019. "And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther".

Speaking to EW last year about Luther season 5, which returned after a four-year hiatus, Elba called his flawed detective "one of those career characters". He told Metro in 2018 that Luther writer Neil Cross has been "beavering away" on a feature script. "'Luther" has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like "Seven" and "Along Came A Spider' and I think what we'd like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it", Elba said at the time. The previously presumed dead character was back to cause more trouble for Luther, only to [spoiler alert] seemingly meet her end again - despite her body quickly disappearing.

Elba was diagnosed with coronavirus in March and has since made a complete recovery.

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