Idris Elba has revealed that filming for the highly-anticipated Luther movie has started.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Idris, 48, shared a photo of a clapperboard that was stamped with the date October 27 and read: ‘take one’. He also uploaded a photo of himself wearing detective John Luther’s red tie and tweed coat.
He tagged his location as ‘on set’ and wrote:
‘Oi… I’m back!’
The actor was quickly inundated with comments from fans expressing their excitement over the announcement. Idris also shared the clapperboard photo on his Instagram Stories. Across the image, he wrote:
and added a fist bump emoji. Luther follows on from the hit BBC series and stars Idris in the titular role. Speaking in May, Idris 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:
‘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.’
Idris has been keen to take the BBC show to the silver screen for some time as he discussed the spin-off movie in an interview last year. Speaking to reporters at the BAFTA TV Awards in July, he said:
‘I’ve maintained that I’d like to see [Luther] come to a film. That’s what I think we’re headed towards, is a film. I’m looking forward to making that happen… It is happening!
‘With film, the sky is the limit. You can be a little bit more bold with the storylines, and a little bit more international, and a little more up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther.’
In another interview this year, 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.
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.’
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