For those still mourning the end of Luther, 2023 is already looking good. The show, which wrapped up its last season in 2019, is making a highly-demanded comeback - this time to the big screen. Titled Luther: The Fallen Sun, the movie will see Idris Elba reprising his role as the troubled detective John Luther. Last we saw him, he'd landed himself behind bars, so what can we expect to come?
Elba sat with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the show's end and the film's beginning. "He's done so much to bend the law in order to catch the bad guys that he's ended up in jail," he explained. "So that's where we start the story. He's contemplating what he's going to do with his life." Talking of the original series, this film will see the entire crew back together. Jamie Payne will return as the film's director, and Neil Cross will be back as the writer.
Who do we have to thank for this content blessing? Well, according to Elba, that would be the fans. "They really wanted it. And I wanted it," he explained. That being said, Payne emphasized the film's ability to stand on its own, appealing to even those who weren't fans of the original series. "The story, in some ways, continues — if you binge the series from season one to the film, the story is continuous. But because the film has got such a larger platform, we thought it was important that if someone was watching the film for the first time that it had its own story. So you could watch the film and go back and then binge the series. It was important to all of us that the audience could find a way into the series and to the lore."
While many members of the series' cast are set to return for the film, there will be two new characters played by Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis. Luther himself is very much the same, letting himself spiral in the search for the truth. "Luther is just so haunted — that's his whole thing," Elba explained. "Even when he's a free man, he can't help but chase the ghosts that get into his head. And I think that's what drives him in this film." Luther: The Fallen Sun arrives on Netflix in March 2023. Until then, stay tuned!