Idris Elba will return as his embattled TV detective John Luther, as Luther series 5 officially gets the green light...
Luther series 5 is officially a go at the BBC. Despite a schedule filled with increasingly high-profile projects, international superstar Idris Elba will put in another series as the eponymous, emotionally tortured London homicide detective DCI John Luther in the moody, gritty television detective series.
Luther series 5 will manifest as a 4-part limited series, set to begin production in early 2018, eventually arriving on BBC and BBC America.
Series creator Neil Cross, also known for the 10-series run of BBC’s MI-5 and NBC’s short-lived Crossbones, will be back in the bullpen for Luther’s next run.
The announcement should delight the series' fans, especially after Elba’s rising star and full schedule was seemingly the cause of an abbreviated 2-part series 4 in December of 2015; an offering that ended on a rather curious note. As Cross expresses in a statement:
“Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.
The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?
In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.
Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”
Luther, which started back in 2010, has achieved both critical and fan acclaim, seven Emmy nominations and yielded Idris Elba a Golden Globe win in 2012 and subsequent nods in 2014 and 2016.
Moreover, it represents a crucial marquee-topping vehicle for the English actor Elba in his transition towards international stardom after having spent years as a standout supporting player on platforms such as HBO’s The Wire and films such as 2007’s 28 Weeks Later and American Gangster, before breaking big in blockbusters such as Prometheus, Pacific Rim and the Thor films, leading to his upcoming headlining role in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. As Elba comments in the statement:
“Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further series and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
Luther series 5 will see Idris Elba briefly put aside the Gunslinger Roland Deschain and Asgardian sentry Heimdall to return to the streets of London to solve another complex and intense murder mystery for the BBC and BBC America.
The premiere date is yet to be confirmed. We'll keep you posted as we hear more...
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