‘Oi… Loooooooofaaa!’ It’s the voice of someone calling out ‘action’ on the new spin-off of Idris Elba’s BBC crime series, Luther.
This is another project being planned for the Londoner, now quite possibly the busiest person in Hollywood. With two movies currently showing in theaters (Wild animals, Three Thousand Years of Longing), actor/DJ/entrepreneur/podcaster/mogul takes up the Met Police badge again for this big-screen thriller.
Movie 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 the suave return of the zero-BS London detective.
Here’s everything you need to know about Luther film.
When is Luther’s film released and on what platform?
Which will come Luther the film will be released in 2023, with an exact date yet to be announced.
It is confirmed that Luther the film will arrive on Netflix – the streaming platform producing the project – although it remains to be seen whether it will also be released in theaters.
Who is cast in the film Luther?
Idris Elba returns as the titular detective, DCI John Luther, a cop whose murder investigations always lead him into dark and difficult terrain. Often, the sociopathic adversary, Alice Morgan (Affair‘s Ruth Wilson), close – Moriarty to Luther’s Holmes.
Widows’ Cynthia Erivo and BatmanAndy Serkis both bring their big city crime thriller experience in roles that have so far been kept under wraps. Hollywood Reporter claimed that Erivo ‘plays the detective who is also Luther’s nemesis’, while Serkis ‘is the story’s criminal villain’.
The film credits of singer and Broadway star Erivo are also included HarrietDisney recently Pinocchio live-action remake, and an upcoming film adaptation of the hit musical Wicked.
Serkis is noted for his motion capture and voice acting, with a role as the titular ape in 2005 King Kong remake and as Gollum in Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as black Panther villain Ulysses Klaue, and DC Universe as butler Alfred Pennyworth Batman.
It is directed by Jamie Payne, a veteran of the TV series.
What’s the Luther film about – and how’s the story going so far?
Elba teased that the film would be more “international” than the TV series. “I’m really excited for the Luther movie because it’s such a step up from the TV show,” he told the British breakfast show. This morning. ‘The TV show is amazing [and] hopefully fans will come to the film, which is on a bigger scale and a bit more international.’
What we do know is that the film’s increased budget will mean bigger action scenes, bigger scale, and the strong possibility that, at some point, Idris Elba will walk away from the big bang.
‘ After delivering each episode Luther with a very small budget, [we’ve been able] to have a wider canvas and a bigger budget to tell the kind of stories we’ve always wanted to tell,’ screenwriter and Luther creator Neil Cross tells RadioTimes.com in 2021. “And we were totally given a chance – while remaining completely honest.”
“We’re really peeling onions here because we have the time and the scale to do that,” Elba said recently Empire magazine. ’ It also gave (screenwriter) Neil [Cross] a lot more, you know, Luther lands to play with, in terms of where Luther could go, how he could go, what the landscape would be like.’
Judging from the first look of the film, Luther-land would not only be London’s cutthroat streets but also a snowier, colder climate. “We’re getting off the gritty streets of London, we’re getting off that a little bit,” Elba added. ‘And that’s good. It feels like we are now entering a different life from Luther’s experience.’
But don’t expect too many deviations from the complicated procedural formula of the BBC series. ‘I want to make sure that even if we have a bigger budget, [we didn’t] distort Luther’s land parameters too much,’ said Elba. “We are amplifying the action and strengthening the stakes. But [Season 3’s] man under the bed moment? It doesn’t cost a lot of money. Those moments are still intact.’
And, as the actor-producers emphasize, despite the larger scale, the man himself has not changed. “Obviously, you could be a little bolder in storylines and scale up,” he said, “but John Luther will always be John Luther.”
Where was the Luther film filmed?
Filming for the future Luther the film takes place in London and Brussels.
Elba has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the set, tweeting photos from the first day of filming last November.
During the This morning interview, he confirmed that filming has now concluded and the film is now in post-production.