Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis will star alongside Idris Elba in the highly-anticipated Luther movie on Netflix which begins filming this month, it was announced on Monday.
Idris, 49, will be in good company alongside Widows actress Cynthia Erivo, 34, and King Kong star Andy, 57, in the upcoming feature film written by series creator Neil Cross.
There have been five series of the BBC crime drama, the first of which aired back in 2010 and Idris previously expressed his desire for there to be a film too.
Exciting: Cynthia Erivo (left) and Andy Serkis (right) will star alongside Idris Elba in the highly-anticipated Luther movie on Netflix which begins filming this month, it was announced on Monday
The streaming site said in a Facebook post on Monday: ‘Luther is coming back! Idris Elba will reprise his iconic role – joined by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis – in a new feature film written by series creator Neil Cross.’
Fans were quick to comment on the exciting news of two new actors joining, with one writing: ‘Love Luther especially now Andy Serkis in it top actors the 2 of them.’
Someone else said: ‘Oh my goddddddddddddd’ while a third said: ‘Best news ever!! Wonder if Alice will be back!’
Star: Idris, 49, (pictured) will be in good company alongside Widows actress Cynthia Erivo, 34, and King Kong star Andy, 57, in the upcoming feature film written by series creator Neil Cross
Luther followed Idris’ character DCI John Luther – a passionate detective who ends up befriending a psychopath and murderer who he could not arrest due to lack of evidence – as they solve various cases together.
After the last series was released in 2019, the star said he felt things had been set up perfectly for a movie.
He told LADbible at the time: ‘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.’
Silver screen: Filming for the eagerly-awaited movie Luther – which follows on from the hit BBC series – will begin in September
‘We’ve made varied seasons, one season was six episodes, one was four – Luther’s adaptable.
‘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.’
Back in May Idris revealed that filming for the eagerly-awaited movie Luther will begin in September.
He confirmed he is ‘so excited’ to dive into the new project and he expects ‘bolder’ storylines which will span across the globe.
He said to Variety on Friday: ‘We go into production, fingers crossed, in September.
‘I’m so excited about it, it’s been a long time coming. We’re very, very close to pulling the green light on production.’
In another interview last month, Idris confirmed once more that a Luther film is ‘definitely coming’, while admitting his mum still believes he will take on the role of James Bond.
The actor has been repeatedly linked with the coveted role following Daniel Craig’s confirmation that he will not return following the delayed release of No Time To Die – his sixth film as Bond.
Career: Cynthia has starred in dozens of films over the years including in Widows in 2018 (pictured)
But while Idris has previously admitted his chances of becoming the next 007 are remote, his mum Eve remains quietly optimistic.
He said on Capital XTRA: ‘The Luther film is definitely coming, I’m very excited. For the fans that have watched five seasons of Luther, I owe it to them to take it to the next level, and that’s where the film comes in.
‘I know the rumours about Bond have always chased me. Listen, my poor mum is like, ‘one day you’re going to get it!’ I was like, ‘mum, I’m good, I’ve got Luther’. I’m definitely doing that.’
Looking ahead to his latest projects, he added: ‘I’ve got Suicide Squad coming out this year, that’s a good look. I’m really excited about that. Shout out to James Garner who directed that, and his whole team.
‘And then I’m definitely doing more music. I’ve got a tune that’s coming that I think is gonna be the biggest tune of the summer – just putting it out there, just saying. And I’m just having fun with the creativity.’
Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2019, Elba conceded he was not in the running to become the first black Bond in the franchise’s 59 year history.
He said: ‘Of course, if someone said to me “Do you want to play James Bond?”, I’d be like, Yeah! That’s fascinating to me.
‘But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’
The name’s Bond: In another interview last month, Idris confirmed once more that a Luther film is ‘definitely coming’ while admitting his mum still believes he will take on the role of James Bond (pictured James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the new film No Time To Die)