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Cillian Murphy on the prospect of a ‘Peaky Blinders’ movie: ‘it has to be right’

'If there’s more story there, I’d love to do it,' the actor tells Rolling Stone UK

By Nick Reilly

Suit by Erdem, shirt by Dior, Shoes by Jimmy Choo, socks by Falke (Picture: Kosmas Pavlos)

Cillian Murphy has opened up on the prospect of the much-mooted Peaky Blinders movie, after the show’s conclusion on the small-screen.

The iconic gangster series concluded with its dramatic sixth season late last year, but creator Steven Knight has long suggested that it will return in the future for a one-off film that shows the next chapter of Tommy Shelby (Murphy)’s life and criminal empire.

Speaking to Rolling Stone UK for the cover of our eleventh issue, Murphy confirmed he’d be interested in stepping back into the flat cap and severe haircut of the Birmingham mobster.

“If there’s more story there, I’d love to do it,” he said. “But it has to be right. Steve Knight wrote 36 hours of television, and we left on such a high. I’m really proud of that last series. So, it would have to feel legitimate and justified to do more.”

Opening up on his own personal relationship with the character, Murphy explained that fans are often left disappointed when they realise the two are poles apart.

“I think it’s the Tommy Shelby thing. People expect this mysterious, swaggering… it’s just a character. I do feel people are a little bit underwhelmed,” he admitted.

“That’s fine, it means I’m doing my job. Peaky fans are amazing. But sometimes I feel a little sad that I can’t provide — like — that charisma and swagger.”

“He couldn’t be further from me,” the 46-year-old added.

You can read the whole feature here, taken from issue 11 of Rolling Stone UK, out May 11. Buy your copy here.