Idris Elba has full plate of summer projects

Golden Globe winner Idris Elba has a busy summer planned. — AP Photo

In the afterglow of a Golden Globe victory by its sexy star, Idris Elba, BBC America recently confirmed that it will co-produce the next installment of the critically-acclaimed drama, “Luther.” The four-part mini-series will premiere in 2012 as part of BBC America’s “Dramaville.”

Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America says, “We’re delighted that Idris’ performance in “Luther” has been recognized this year with a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. His iconic role as John Luther has quickly become one of the most powerful detective characters television audiences have ever seen. Luther has been integral to establishing our new “Dramaville” franchise, the home for groundbreaking British drama. We’re excited to work once again with the incredibly talented writer Neil Cross and executive producer Phillippa Giles on this new, ambitious four-part mini-series.”

Possibly best known for his role as Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO drama, “The Wire,” Elba stars as Detective Chief Investigator John Luther, the “near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons,” in two ambitious and distinctive, thrilling crime stories. DCI John Luther returns to make another pilgrimage to the “heart of human darkness”… but at what cost to his own soul?

According to the network, the police team is back, including Detective Sergeant Justin Ripley (Warren Brown), DSU Martin Schenk (Dermot Crowley), Detective Sergeant Erin Gray (Nikki Amuka-Bird) and Benny Silver (Michael Smiley).

 

Contact entertainment reporter Kimberly C. Roberts at (215) 893-5753 or kroberts@phillytrib.com.

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