The British psychological crime thriller Luther premiered in 2010 and quickly became a hit, running for a total of 20 episodes. Now, information on the long-awaited film starring Idris Elba has come to light, including new images for the project.
In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Elba — who starred in the original series as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther — teased the highly anticipated film, saying that it breaks “out of the gritty streets of London” and explores a “different life of the Luther experience.”
“We really peel the onion back here because we had the time and scale to do that,” Elba said. “It also gives Neil [Cross] a lot more, you know, Luther-land to play with, in terms of where Luther can go, how he goes, what the landscape is. We break out of the gritty streets of London, we take it outside of that a little bit, And that’s great. It feels like now we’re entering a different life of the Luther experience.”
Despite making the move from television to the big screen, Elba said the Luther film will retain the darker tones that the television series is known for.
“It’s really dangerous, when expanding from television to film, to throw a lot of money at it, and for that moment to change the characteristics of the show,” said Elba. “I wanted to make sure that even though we had a bigger budget, [we didn’t] distort the parameters of Luther-land too much. We do amplify the action and do amplify the stakes. But [Season 3’s] man-under-the-bed moment? That don’t cost you much money. Those moments are still intact.”
A Luther film has been in discussion for more than 10 years now, with co-creator Neil Cross talking about an adaptation as early as 2011. Following the series coming to a close, however, talks began to ramp up, with Netflix eventually announcing that a film would be made. Not too much is known about the upcoming project, but Elba will star in it alongside Andy Serkis and Cynthia Erivo, who were also confirmed to be joining the cast.