Luther movie starts filming in September and Idris Elba says he's 'excited' to get going
BBC’s Luther is finally getting ready for the big screen in a movie adaptation that will be going into production this September.
Idris Elba, 48, has been confirmed as the actor and executive producer of a new movie version of the hit crime drama.
Idris told Variety: “We go into production, fingers crossed, in September. I’m so excited about it, it’s been a long time coming.
“We’re very, very close to pulling the green light on production.”
Fans took to Twitter to share their excitement for the long-awaited movie adaptation.
One fan said: “Excellent news. Idris Elba, Luther, movie.”
A second wrote: “I am all here for a Luther movie. The more Idris Elba, the better.”
Another penned: “I think I know a few Idris fans who will be very happy to hear this bit of news #Luther.”
Other executive producers include Peter Chernin, Julie Gardner, Katherine Pope and Jane Tranter.
Idris won two Golden Globes and a Royal Television Society best actor award for his portrayal as Luther in the psychological thriller.
Created by Neil Cross, Luther the television series has five seasons on BBC One.
The series debuted back in 2010 and centres around John Luther, a detective chief inspector working for the Serious Crime Unit of the U.K. police.
In April, there was a controversy that projected a lack of authenticity with Idris’ character.
BBC diversity manager Miranda Wayland said: “When it first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead.
“We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series you got kind of, like, okay, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.”
But Idris hit back at the lack of diversity claims in an Instagram post with the caption: "We must not pull ourselves backwards, only push ourselves forward."
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