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Idris Elba and Warren Brown to star in prequel Luther film

Published by Francesca Menato
Published on 28 August 2013

The BBC smash hit crime drama Luther is set to be made into a feature film with Idris Elba and Warren Brown. Along with most of the TV cast, fans can look forward to a look at Luther's rise within the force. We can't wait!

British actor Idris Elba is set to star in a movie of his hit show Luther.

Plans are afoot to turn the hit BBC drama into a feature length film.

The flick will focus on the main character's rise to the top of the force - the point at which the TV show began.

The project will include fellow Brit Warren Brown, who was shot dead at the close of the final series.

Many will be happy to hear the prequel format allows for John Luther's right hand man Justin Ripley to return.

Writer Neil Cross revealed the film wouldn't work without both men involved.

He spoke at the Edinburgh TV Festival: "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.”​

Idris Elba
Film actor, TV actor
born 06/09/1972

Warren Brown and Idris Elba © Getty

Looking at the characters before the start of the TV show allows the film makers to appeal to fans both old and new.

Neil has explained his hope to work with BBC Films after the success of the show on the network since 2010.

Fans will no doubt welcome the return of deceased characters Zoe - Luther's wife - and Ian Reed.

Characters like Alice Morgan will of course not appear, as they arrived to the show and into Luther's life in the first series.

Idris Elba's going from strength to strength recently.

The 40-year-old has earned himself a star on the walk of fame following his critically acclaimed performance as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom.

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