After months of speculation, writer Neil Cross confirmed BBC’s popular crime drama Luther, is finally being adapted for the big screen.

The film, which will star Idris Elba in the title role, will be a prequel to the series, which has become a hit on both sides of the Pond.

Transforming Luther into a film has been a labor of love for both Cross and Elba who’ve been trying to make it happen since the show premiered in 2010.

“The time is really ripe for ‘Luther’ to turn into a film… and our intention was always to take it to a film… where we can really explore what makes this person, this man tick and really understand Luther or go on more and more weirder and experimental journeys with him, but using the film medium,” Elba told reporters.

During this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, Cross told the crowd: “I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year.”

“Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time.”

According to Cross, the film adaptation of Luther “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.”

Although the third and final season of the show will begin airing in America in September, it recently wrapped in Britain. Cross’ news of a prequel has excited fans who are hungry for more of the psychological thriller.

In 2012 Elba won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of DCI Luther, a brilliant detective whose quest to help others often force him into compromising positions.

 Luther will premiere on BBC America on September 3rd.

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  • stef

    Great to hear about the Luther movie, but he should have gotten the role of alex cross instead of tyler perry. the roles are very similar and he can actually act .

  • Just Sayin…

    Yes Baba God Confaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam!

  • L

    That’s one fine man!!!

  • Annoyed

    I watched Idris Elba for however many seasons on The Wire, saw him in various movies, checked out Luther and was impressed with his British accent until I saw him on Fallon and found out he really was British. I felt like George Constanza, Lord of the Idiots. Elba is an exceptional actor and proves to me the Brits really do have something special over the Yanks when it comes to acting.

  • EbonyLolita

    I caught up on this series on Netflix. But…. must admit I’m not too excited to see him before when he just got married to homegirl tho. The psychological aspect of who he was when he was YOUNGER is more appealing to me. But hey *Shrugs* I don’t write screenplays.