Maverick detective Luther to return in movie prequel

Idris Elba as Luther

Creator plans to bring slain characters back to life to tell story of Luther’s rise through the ranks

LAST UPDATED AT 12:57 ON Wed 28 Aug 2013

FANS of the hit television series Luther could be in for a treat as its creator has revealed a big-screen prequel is on the cards. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival, Neil Cross said he hopes to take the maverick police detective, played by Idris Elba, back to the start of his career, reports The Guardian.

"I've written the script and we hope to get the film made next year," said Cross. "Idris is a brilliant leading man and we've hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series."

Cross, who has also written a Luther novel and is working on a second, said the film would tell the story of the east London officer’s rise through the ranks.

The prequel would bring back to life Luther's sidekick Justin Ripley, played by Warren Brown, as well as his shamed colleague Ian Reed (Steven Mackintosh). Indira Varma, who played Luther’s slain wife Zoe, is also set to make a comeback.

“A return for Zoe and Ripley? We can't see fans complaining about that,” says Den of Geek – and, sure enough, fans have taken to Twitter to express their excitement.

“That's some good news to wake up to!” wrote one tweeter, while another said: “This just made my day!”

But a few were sorry to hear that Luther’s murderous confidante Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, was unlikely to feature in the film. She met the detective in the first episode of the first TV series.

Elba, who won a Golden Globe last year for his performance as Luther, has previously hinted that the big screen would be “where the ultimate Luther story will unfold”. The London-born actor has already made the transition from television to film, starring in forthcoming movies Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Thor: The Dark World. · 

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