Peaky Blinders creator confirms film script is nearly done

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Peaky Blinders season six *finally* arrived earlier this year and - while it was all very exciting - viewers were gutted to discover that the sixth series would be the show's last.

Still, the Shelbys thankfully aren't disappearing forever, as there's been plenty of talk about an *actual* Peaky Blinders film. Series creator Steven Knight has spoken out to publicly address the upcoming Peaky Blinders movie, while he's also confirmed that "the story will continue in another form" following season six.

Here's everything we know about the Peaky Blinders film so far...

What has creator Steven Knight said about the Peaky Blinders film?

"Yes, I’m writing it right now," the series' creator told Heart Breakfast on 28th July. "I’m nearly done writing it, and we’re going to shoot it… I’m setting up some film and television studios in Digbeth in Birmingham. We’re going to shoot it at the studios in Digbeth, and on location in Digbeth in Birmingham. Digbeth and Small Heath is where the Peaky Blinders actually roamed. So it’s like Peaky’s coming home basically."

Previously, he's been pretty vocal about his plans for a Peaky Blinders film - so it's good news for fans! He told Deadline back in January 2021, "Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie. That is what is going to happen."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

On a separate occasion, Knight confirmed to the publication that "the story will continue in another form." Discussing series six, he said, "Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher. We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form."

What could happen in the Peaky Blinders film?

Following the Peaky Blinders season six finale (which aired on 3rd April), fans are already looking ahead to find out what will happen next in the Peaky Blinders film.

While much of the plot is yet to be revealed, Steven Knight has given away a few details over what could take place in the Peaky Blinders movie - revealing that it will be set during the Second World War.

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Photo credit: BBC

He told the Radio Times, "I know what's going to happen in those stories and it's about a sort of untold story that happened in the Second World War, which Peakys are going to be involved in."

What's more, he revealed that character Polly Gray (played by the late Helen McCrory) will still be a presence in the film. Asked whether her impact will still be felt in the movie, he told the publication, "Absolutely. She’s such a fundamental part of what Peaky is; her presence rules."

As for the rest of the plot, the season six finale revealed that Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is in fact not terminally ill with tuberculoma, with Tommy seemingly riding off to start a new life. It's already been confirmed that Murphy will be returning to his role (more on that below), so we can expect him to show up in wartime Birmingham.

Has the Peaky Blinders film started shooting?

The film is currently set to start production in 2023, according to reports from Variety, so there's still some time to go.

Speaking at a BFI London Film Festival panel, Knight revealed, "I am going to write the feature which will be set in and shot in Birmingham. And that will probably be the sort of the end of the road for Peaky Blinders as we know it." Knight then went on to tell Variety that the film will go into production in 2023, the publication reports.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

What's the Peaky Blinders film's expected release date?

Sadly, there isn't a confirmed release date for the Peaky Blinders film just yet. However, with the project set to start production in 2023, we won't be expecting the movie to hit screens for a while. But fans are hoping it might arrive in late 2023, early 2024. Something to look forward to!

Who will star in the Peaky Blinders film?

The Peaky Blinders movie full cast list is yet to be revealed, but we'd hope to see some of the show's most recognisable faces returning for the film. Plus, some other pretty big names have been thrown into the mix, too.

First up, there's good news, as Steven Knight confirmed to Digital Spy that Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) and on-screen brother Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) would both be returning for the project.

Asked whether Tommy and Arthur would still be part of the Peaky world beyond series six, Knight responded. "It's impossible to say yet. But the film – yes."

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Photo credit: BBC

Knight continued, "There are so many people, so many great actors, that we are already, sort of, in conversation with for the film, and for whatever follows.

"But I think what we want to do is keep surprising people, and keep breaking new talent. Because it's all out there, and there is a sort of consistency – what we're doing is finding really good actors from a working-class sort of background, and telling that story. That's what we're trying to do."

Knight also told Heart Breakfast that "of course" familiar faces will return, along with "some new faces that will hopefully be quite surprising.”

Plus, there's even more excitement, as Tom Holland has spoken about joining the Peaky world too. In an interview with LADbible, he revealed, "I actually auditioned for Peaky Blinders and I did not get the part."

Addressing Tom's comments at the premiere, Knight then told PA news agency, "It must have been quite a big role he was auditioning for." He added, "But if he wants to come back for the film, we’ll have him."

Tom, your call.

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