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Luther prequel in the works for big screen

Idris Elba as Luther

Story by Jack Foley

A PREQUEL to hit TV series Luther is being lined up for the big screen.

Series creator Neil Cross has confirmed that the series is finished in the small screen format owing to leading man Idris Elba’s new movie status.

But he expressed the hope that the character could be revived in a film prequel.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, Cross said: “I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year. Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time.

“It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”

Elba – who is being Oscar tipped for his forthcoming portrayal of Nelson Mandela in new movie biopic Long Walk To Freedom – is keen to revisit the character of Luther in some form.

The actor told audiences at a BAFTA preview for Luther‘s third series that it was “definitely a goal”, suggesting that the film would explore “who Luther is and where he’s come from”.

“We do want a new audience, but we also want to keep the fans interested, so we have to tread very carefully,” he elaborated.

Elba became a household name playing Luther in the BBC drama. He also won a Golden Globe for best actor in a mini-series for the role, which made its debut on BBC One in 2011.

His co-star in the series, Ruth Wilson, may also be set for a spin-off show based on her character Alice Morgan – a murderer who becomes the detective’s confidante.

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