‘Hey… looooooooofaaa!’ It’s the sound of someone calling “action” on a new film spin-off from Idris Elba’s BBC crime series, Luther.
It’s yet another ongoing project for the Londoner, now probably the busiest man in Hollywood. With two films currently in theaters (The beast, Three thousand years of nostalgia), the actor/DJ/businessman/podcaster/mogul takes back the Met Police badge for this big-screen thriller.
The film version of Luther has been rumored since the show launched in 2010, but now filming has wrapped and fans won’t have long to wait for London’s suave, zero-BS detective to return.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Luther film.
When will the movie Luther be released and on what platform will it be broadcast?
The next Luther The film will be released in 2023, with an exact date yet to be announced.
It is confirmed that the Luther The film will arrive on Netflix – the streaming platform produces the project – although it remains to be seen if it will also get a theatrical release.
Who is in the cast of the movie Luther?
Idris Elba returns as the titular detective, DCI John Luther, a cop whose murder investigations always lead him through dark and difficult terrain. Often sociopathic nemesis, Alice Morgan (The case‘s Ruth Wilson), is nearby – the Moriarty at Luther’s Holmes.
Widowby Cynthia Erivo and The Batman‘s Andy Serkis both bring their big-city crime thriller experience to the table in previously undisclosed roles. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Erivo “plays a detective who is also Luther’s nemesis”, while Serkis “is the story’s evil criminal”.
Singer and Broadway star Erivo’s film credits also include HarrietDisney’s recent Pinocchio live-action remake and an upcoming film adaptation of the hit musical Nasty.
Serkis is best known for his motion capture and voice acting work, with roles as the titular monkey in the 2005 King Kong remake and as Gollum in Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue and the DC Universe as butler Alfred Pennyworth in The Batman.
It’s directed by TV series veteran Jamie Payne.
What will the movie Luther be about – and what’s the story so far?
Elba announced that the film would be more “international” than the television series. “I’m really excited for Luther the Movie because it’s a step up from the TV show,” he told the British breakfast show. This morning. ‘The TV show is amazing [and] fans will hopefully come to the film, which just has a lot more scale and is a bit more international.
What we do know is that the movie’s increased budget will mean bigger action scenes, more scale, and the strong possibility that at some point Idris Elba will walk away from a massive explosion.
‘Having delivered every episode of Luther on ridiculously small budgets, [we’ve been able] to have a bigger canvas and a bigger budget to tell the kind of stories we’ve always wanted to be able to tell,” screenwriter and Luther creator Neil Cross said RadioTimes.com in 2021. “And we were really given the opportunity – while remaining absolutely true.”
“We really peel the onion here because we had the time and the scale to do it,” Elba said recently. Empire Review. ‘It also gives (screenwriter) Neil [Cross] a lot more, you know, Luther-land to play with, in terms of where Luther can go, how he’s doing, what the landscape is.
Judging by these early stills from the film, Luther-land won’t just be the mean streets of London, but snowier, colder climes too. “We’re getting out of the gritty streets of London, we’re getting out of that a bit,” Elba adds. ‘And that’s great. It is as if we are now entering a life different from the Luther experience.
But don’t expect too much of a departure from the gnarly procedural formula of the BBC series. “I wanted to make sure that even though we had a larger budget, [we didn’t] distort the parameters of Luther-land too much,” says Elba. “We amplify the action and amplify the stakes. But [Season 3’s] man moment under the bed? It doesn’t cost you a lot of money. Those moments are still intact.
And, as the actor-producer points out, if the scale is larger, the man himself does not change. “Obviously you can be a little bolder in storylines and upscale,” he says, “but John Luther will always be John Luther.”
Where was the movie Luther shot?
Filming for the next Luther film took place in London and Brussels.
Elba shared behind-the-scenes photos from the set, tweeting snaps from the first day of filming last November.
During this This morning interview, he confirmed that filming is now complete and the film is now in post-production.