Are you a lifelong “Luther” fan or simply here for Idris Elba kicking some serious butt? Either way, this movie is for you! Original series creator Neil Cross returns to pen the screenplay for the film, which is directed by longtime television director Jamie Payne (“Luther,” “The Alienist,” “Outlander”), but by all accounts the film will be geared towards fans of any level of previous attachment to the series. According to Total Film’s January 2023 issue of their print magazine, Payne goes out of his way to point out:
“It was important to all of us that we absolutely want to bring the fans along, and for them to know that this story sits within a canon of so many other stories. But also you could come at it not having seen a single episode of ‘Luther,’ and absolutely know where you stood.”
That’s great news for those who may be a little pressed for time to catch up on all 20 episodes of the previous five seasons of the series, though it’s also clear that longtime fans will get to see their commitment rewarded with all manner of Easter eggs, deep cuts, and careful consideration of prior canon. This is a version of Luther who’s seen some serious, well, you know. And viewers can expect to see even more of the same grizzled copper they know and love, as Cross also told Total Film that, among other things, “That’s part of the reason why I’m so addicted to using slightly antediluvian London slang, rather than cool, hip words — I love putting the words ‘tickety-boo’ or ‘wotcha’ into Idris Elba’s mouth.”
Good ol’ Luther, never change! “Luther: The Fallen Sun” will open in select theaters on February 24, 2023, before streaming on Netflix two weeks later, starting March 10.