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Idris Elba shares first behind-the-scenes photos from ‘Luther’ movie

The 'Luther' star is drumming up excitement for the film adaptation

By Charlotte Krol

Idris Elba poses in a white shirt
Idris Elba. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/ Harald Krichel)

Idris Elba has shared the first images from the set of the ‘Luther’ movie.

The actor, who reprises his role as DCI John Luther in the forthcoming film adaptation of the BBC series, posted two images on his Instagram yesterday (November 10) to drum up excitement.

One of the images shows a clapperboard with the show’s name across the front, plus the scene number and take.

The next on the carousel gave a peek at Luther’s signature coat and tie combo, with Elba captioning the post: “Oi…. I’m back!”

Netflix announced in September that the hit BBC series would be made into a film. It wrote via its UK account: “Idris Elba will reprise his iconic role — joined by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis — in a new feature film.”

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the plot will follow Luther as he tackles two new villains who are portrayed by his new co-stars.

Luther movie clapperboard
Idris Elba confirmed he was on set. (Credit: Instagram/Idris Elba)

Erivo is set to depict a detective who is competing with DCI Luther to tackle the movie’s central villain, portrayed by Serkis.

Meanwhile, Elba has claimed that rumours linking him with the role of James Bond were partially responsible for the upcoming ‘Luther’ film.

In October, the actor confirmed that he wouldn’t be stepping into the part vacated by Daniel Craig after the release of ’No Time to Die’, although he refused to entirely close the door on the prospect.

Idris Elba in costume as Luther
Elba has returned to play DCI John Luther. (Credit: Instagram/Idris Elba)

Speaking on the Spotify podcast ‘Who We Be TALKS‘, the star of ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Suicide Squad’ confirmed that the clamour in some quarters for him to become 007 felt like tacit confirmation that there was an appetite to see him return to a leading role.

In reference to the ‘Luther’ feature film, Elba said: “The writer, Neil Cross, and I had this ambition about four years ago and it really came from those Bond rumours, with everyone wanting to see me in a film in the central position like that.”

“That’s where Neil and I sat down and looked at ‘Luther’ and thought, ‘That could be a sick film if we could make that happen.’”