Idris Elba set to return to Luther for series five
Idris Elba is set to return for a fifth series of Luther.
It’s been two years since the fourth instalment of the series, but it was today confirmed by Digital Spy that Idris Elba would be returning to the role for a fifth outing.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Luther writer Neill Cross said: “Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot… ‘It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.’
“The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?”
Elba plays DCI John Luther in the acclaimed series, an extremely passionate police officer in a Serial Crime Unit. Elba has won a Critics’ Choice Television Award, Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the series, as well as being nominated for four Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy Awards.
Speaking about the new series announcement, Elba said: “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
Meanwhile, BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger has promised series five is “utterly heart-stopping and unmissable”.
Executive Producer Hilary Salmon added that BBC Studios “will be pulling out all the stops to make the show bigger, bolder and of course more scary than ever”.