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Peaky Blinders movie to ‘start shooting in September’ and Cillian Murphy will return

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By Nick Reilly

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Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in ‘Peaky Blinders’ (Picture: BBC)

By the order of the Peaky Blinders, it looks like fans won’t have to wait too long for the big-screen follow-up to the vaunted crime series.

Speaking to Birmingham World at the premiere of his new BBC drama This Town, Peaky creator Steven Knight confirmed that Cillian Murphy – fresh from his Oscars win for Oppenheimer – will return as Tommy Shelby for the movie when it starts shooting later this year.

“He definitely is returning for it. We’re shooting it in September just down the road in Digbeth,” Knight confirmed.

Murphy’s apparent return as Tommy Shelby for the Peaky Blinders movie is no real surprise, given he voiced his eagerness when speaking to Rolling Stone UK last year.

(Picture: Kosmas Pavlos)

“If there’s more story there, I’d love to do it,” Murphy 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.”

Peaky Blinders debuted in 2013 and became one of the BBC’s biggest international hits, following the fortunes of the Shelby crime family in 1920s Birmingham and the following decades. The series finale aired in April 2022, but Knight has always been keen to continue in a movie.

“The film, I know exactly what it’s about. And I know what two stories it’s going to tell,” the creator told Esquire previously. “What will happen after that, I want that to depend on the film. For all we know somebody is going to pop out – I think I know who it’s going to be.”