Idris Elba is back as Luther and shares behind-the-scenes snap

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11 Nov 2021, 10:54

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Time to celebrate, Luther fans!

Idris Elba is finally back in the role, and he's shared a behind-the-scenes look at filming for the latest series.

Viewers are over the moon as it's been a long and torturous wait for their favourite show to return.

It's now been more than two years since the fifth series of the hit show finished.

Confusion then followed, when showrunner Neil Cross said in an interview that series six was off the table.

It was said later that a film version would be happening instead.

Idris has finally given fans the news they've been hoping for.

He updated his social media with some on-set pictures, captioned: "Oi……I’m back!"

The star tagged the location as "on set" for the snaps, just in case anyone was in any doubt.

One picture featured a clapperboard for the show, and the other gave a sneak peek at his iconic smart costume.

Joining Elba in the film will be Andy Serkis and Cynthia Erivo.

Jamie Payne has been confirmed to direct, and he also worked on series five of the show so fans know they will be in safe hands.

Showrunner Neil Cross told Australia’s Insider magazine that series six wasn't happening as he didn’t want to keep "churning it out like sausages".

He did bring up the idea of a film though, saying: "But Idris, Jamie Payne [director], and I will shortly have some exciting news to share. There’s gonna be more later, but it’s not going to be season six."

Netflix is producing the film alongside the BBC, and Neil is producing alongside Idris.

Idris said: "I’m so excited about it, it’s been a long time coming. We’re very, very close to pulling the green light on the production."

"Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider.

"I think what we’d like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it. It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther.

"Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well."

Meanwhile, Netflix has described it as: "an epic continuation of the Luther saga reimagined for film".

In the film, Luther will apparently come up against two new challenges.

Elba previously won a Critics Choice Television Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.