After five seasons and loads of solved cases, Luther wrapped up its run in 2019. But neither its star, Idris Elba, or its fans were ready to let the troubled detective go. And so we have Luther: The Fallen Sun, a Netflix film that finds the disgraced Luther rotting in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and taunted by a tech billionaire and serial killer played by Andy Serkis. Luther does the only thing he can do which is make an escape and attempt to bring the murderer to justice.
Given the critical acclaim received by the series, Luther: The Fallen Sun brings back a lot of familiar faces. Elba returns as the title character, with series 5 filmmaker Jamie Payne directing. Series creator Neil Cross wrote the screenplay, as well.
No matter how far Elba has gone in his career, making DC Comics films, starring in Stephen King adaptations, and more, he’s never been too far away from the Luther character. It could be one that he revisits for many years to come.
Here’s the synopsis: In ‘Luther: The Fallen Sun‘ — an epic continuation of the award-winning television saga reimagined for film — a gruesome serial killer is terrorizing London while brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther (Idris Elba) sits behind bars. Haunted by his failure to capture the cyber psychopath who now taunts him, Luther decides to break out of prison to finish the job by any means necessary. The film also stars Cynthia Erivo, Andy Serkis and Dermot Crowley, who returns as Martin Schenk.
Luther: The Fallen Sun gets an early theatrical release on February 24th, followed by Netflix streaming on March 10th.