Idris Elba’s Luther to go on floors in September
The show was mired in controversy in April when BBC diversity manager Miranda Wayland suggested that the lead character was not authentic enough as a black protagonist
The much-awaited movie adaptation of the popular BBC series Luther is all set to begin production in September, according to actor and executive producer Idris Elba.
Elba also added that they are very, very close to pulling the green light on the production, Luther, which first aired in 2010, has completed five seasons on the BBC. The series, created by Neil Cross, features Elba as the lead. The actor has won two Golden Globes and a Royal Television Society best actor award for his portrayal of Luther.
In the series, Elba plays John Luther, a detective chief inspector working for the Serious Crime Unit of the UK police. The show was at the centre of controversy in April when BBC diversity manager Miranda Wayland suggested that the Luther character was not authentic enough as a black protagonist.
The new movie is currently set up as a 20th Century Fox Television, BBC Worldwide Productions, and Chernin Entertainment production, with Elba, Peter Chernin, Julie Gardner, Katherine Pope, and Jane Tranter on board as executive producers.
Elba, who was last seen in James Gunn's DC's The Suicide Squad, also has Beast, The Harder They Fall, and Three Thousand Years of Longing in the pipeline