Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis join Idris Elba for Luther movie

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Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images
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Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis will join Idris Elba in the film adaptation of BBC One's psychological crime thriller Luther.

Elba will be slipping back into his iconic tweed coat to reprise his role as the intuitive Detective Chief Inspector John Luther working for the Serious Crime Unit. Dedicated to his job which he always puts first at the cost of his personal life and well-being, Luther wages a personal and ruthless war in the capital against violent crime.

The film is being written by Luther creator Neil Cross, which Netflix is making in association with the BBC.

Erivo will play an ambitious detective who is also Luther's nemesis, while Serkis will be the story's twisted criminal villain. The actress was Oscar nominated last year for her role in Harriet, and is also close to reaching EGOT status (an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards), having won an Emmy, Grammy and a Tony as well as receiving two Oscar nominations.

The series, which debuted in 2010 and returned in 2019 for season 5, has won one Golden Globes, many Emmy awards nominations, and earned Elba Critics Choice, Golden Globes and SAG awards, as well as a BAFTA Best Actor nomination.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Speaking earlier this year about the film's progress, he told 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."

The actor also addressed the film after winning a BAFTA last year that honoured his career to date, telling press at the time: "With a film, the sky is the limit. Obviously, you can be a little bit more bold in the storylines, maybe international, a little bit sort of up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther."

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