Netflix has released some new photos from the long-awaited movie adaptation of the Idris Elba-led BBC series “Luther”. This standalone film has also just scored the official title of “Luther: The Fallen Sun”.
In addition, it has been confirmed the film is scoring a March 2023 release window on the streamer. Jamie Payne is directing based on a script from series creator Neil Cross, with the film dubbed both a “continuation and reimagination” of the series.
Elba returns as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther for the first time since the show’s fifth season wrapped in early 2019. Twenty episodes overall were produced for the series between 2010 and 2019.
In that last season, Luther was arrested by his boss Schenk (Dermot Crowley). The film will pick up where the series left off with Luther in prison and “contemplating what he’s going to do with his life”, Elba tells EW.
In the new film, a gruesome serial killer is terrorizing London while brilliant but disgraced Luther sits in jail. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out and finish the job by any means necessary.
Payne tells the outlet that starting out in prison, the film offers new audiences “a way into the series, and to the lore” and would allow anyone to watch the film and then go back and binge the series if they choose.
Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis and Crowley co-star in the film, which hails from producers Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready.