TV’s Luther Set For The Big Screen


No matter what the weather, tough crime fighter Luther takes down some of the most evil and twisted criminals seen on British TV for many years, all whilst wearing a massive coat. The complicated detective, played brilliantly by Idris Elba, has been a smash hit for the BBC, and it has today been confirmed that he will now be taking criminals down for a stretch on the big screen.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, creator Neil Cross has revealed that a film script has been written, and he can’t wait to take Luther to the big screen.”I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year,” he said. “Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time.”

Cross has also revealed that he can’t imagine the film without Luther’s cop partner Justin Ripley, played by Warren Brown. The only slight stumbling block with this idea is that Justin was shot gunned in the chest in the last series, and is most definitely dead. However, Cross has a great plan to over come this. The film will be a prequel to the TV series, charting Luther’s rise through the Police ranks.”It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe (played in the TV series by Indira Varma), and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”

No announcement has been made as to a date for filming or a possible release date in Cinemas, but writer Cross had better hurry up- Idris is currently very hot property, and Hollywood is keeping him very busy. The British actor’s profile has never been higher following outstanding performances in the blockbuster movies Thor and Pacific Rim, and he is being tipped for Oscar success next year for his upcoming role as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.