‘Thor’ star Idris Elba is returning to his role as English police detective John Luther in the upcoming film ‘Luther: The Fallen Sun.’ The movie is set to take place after the series 2019 finale where the detective defeated his longtime foe Alice Morgan played by ‘The Affair’ actress Ruth Wilson.
“He’s just very haunted by things he’s done,” Elba said, according to an Entertainment Weekly report. “He’s done so much to bend the law in order to catch the bad guys that he’s ended up in jail.”
“So that’s where we start the story. He’s contemplating what he’s going to do with his life,” he continued. “Luther is just so haunted — that’s his whole thing.”
“Even when he’s a free man, he can’t help but chase it, chase the ghosts that get into his head. And I think that’s what drives him in this film. He’s just very haunted by things he’s done, things he could have done, people that have died,” he added.
The film will see Luther cross paths with some new characters played by ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ actor Andy Serkis and ‘Chewing Gum’ actress Cynthia Erivo.
Director Jamie Payne explained, “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.”
‘Luther: The Fallen Sun’ is set to stream on Netflix in March 2023.
The original ‘Luther’ series ran on BBC for five seasons between 2010 and 2019.