News - November 20, 2014

Idris Elba to return as Luther for two-part special next year
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Idris Elba to return as Luther for two-part special next year

Idris Elba's much-loved detective drama Luther will return for a two-part special on BBC One next year, it was confirmed this morning (November 20th). 

Elba, who is currently filming American war drama Beasts Of No Nation, will film the two-hour special in March in next year, with the show to be broadcast in the latter half of 2015. 

The show, which follows the travails of brilliant, yet volatile detective John Luther, had seemed to be at an end after three series, with Elba's film commitments seemingly making him committing to a new series impossible. 

Speaking about the news, writer and creator Neil Cross said: "Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there's hardly been a minute when I didn't wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We're putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work."

The new announcement comes the day after it was confirmed that Fox will be producing a US remake of the show, which is due for release next year. 

While he will be taking part in Luther, Elba will not be involved in Guy Ritchie's new big-budget adaptation of King Arthur. 

The actor had been in line to take the role of Arthur's mentor, a Merlin-like role, but now, according to Variety, that role is set to go to Djimon Hounsou. 

Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam will lead the film as King Arthur, with Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey playing Guinevere. 

The film, which is to be titled King Arthur: Knights Of The Round Table and is apparently the first of six planned instalments. 

Joby Harold wrote the the script and is producing with Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell. The film is scheduled to open on July 22nd 2016. 

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