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Idris Elba Wants To Make A 'Luther' Movie Next Year

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Idris Elba Wants To Make A 'Luther' Movie Next Year

Idris Elba has announced that he's very keen to take Luther to the big screen.

The iconic detective is back on our screens after a three-year break and the new four-episode season looks as brilliant as ever.

Elba has been donning the famous coat and chasing baddies for eight years now, so it's about time we got a movie, right?

Well, Elba agrees; speaking to LADbible, he said: "I've always said there should be a movie. I really want to do that and we're very close to doing that next year, hopefully, so let's see."

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He added: "For me it would be nice to take Luther up a scale. Make the storyline bigger, make it slightly more international."

When asked about how the show would handle telling a story in a 90-minute block rather than over several hour-long episodes, Elba said: "We've made varied seasons, one season was six episode, one was four - Luther's adaptable.

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"I think if we can figure out the formula to keep an audience captivated for an hour and a half, on a movie, I think Luther has definitely got the attributes to make that happen."

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Me, too, mate.

He continued: "When you scale a movie up, you have to give it size - that means taking it into other territories, internationally, but I still think it will feel like the 'Gotham City' in London. But obviously on a bigger international scale, it could take us anywhere.

"I'm really up for the movie now. I'm really up for it. And I think this season is set up to tee that up."

Is anyone getting really bloody excited?

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And before you worry too much that a movie might be Luther's swan song - don't, because Elba also told us that he's keen to do more series of the hit crime show - but there may be some wait for a six series, with Elba revealing that the show 'wouldn't work' if it was aired every year.

He told us: "I think that it's so dark, you couldn't maintain it year in, year out. I really don't think audiences are ready for that. I think they like the anticipation of the gaps, because they know, hopefully, and this season shouldn't be any different - that we deliver on the original vibe, but if we did it over and over again it would just be uh huh."

John and Alice are reunited. Credit: BBC
John and Alice are reunited. Credit: BBC

Plot details for the fifth season have been kept strictly under wraps, but we do know that fan-favourite Alice (Ruth Wilson) is back and that Luther is being partnered with newbie Catherine Halliday (played by Wunmi Mosaku).

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But you've not got too long wait, with the first episode airing on 1 January at 9pm on BBC, the four-parter will run across consecutive nights, finishing on 4 January.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: idris elba, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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