Idris Elba has teased Luther fans with a hint about a potential move to the big screen for the maverick detective.
The actor has played DCI John Luther – the brooding, permanently long-coated murder investigator with the very messy personal life – in five series of the thriller, with the last season ending with what looked like the shock death of killer and love interest Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) in January 2019.
Rumours about what’s next for the show have been rife since, and there has been talk of a film before – so what’s happening?
Sky News attended a Q&A Zoom event for Elba’s current show In The Long Run, a semi-autobiographical comedy based on his own experiences of growing up on an estate in London, during which the star gave a little teaser when asked about Luther’s next outing.
“There isn’t a real formal plan for Luther at the moment,” he said.
“I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film. And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther.”
And Jimmy Akingbola, who co-stars in In The Long Run, has a request.
“Does Luther have a brother? Just checking. I’ve got the long coat.”
Launched in 2010, Luther has been a big hit with fans gripped by its twists and turns, and the love-hate, cat-and-mouse relationship between the detective and psychopathic Morgan.
Elba has spoken about a film before, telling the Metro in 2018: “Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the ’90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider and I think what we’d like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it.
“It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther. Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well.”
So, there you have it. And they’re this close. Get ready for Luther – and his long coat – feature length.
In the meantime, you can soon catch Elba in the third series of his comedy, In The Long Run, which returns later this month.
Drawn from the Hollywood star’s childhood memories of growing up in a West African family living in Hackney in the 1980s, the series focuses on Walter (Elba), a factory worker from Sierra Leone and a version of the actor’s late father.
The third series of In The Long Run, also starring Bill Bailey, Jimmy Akingbola, Kellie Shirley and Madeline Appiah, launches on Sky One and NOW TV on Wednesday 22 July