No matter where he goes, no matter what he does, Idris Elba keeps coming back for more Luther. A fifth installment of the adored BBC One detective series was announced back in June, following the two-part cycle 4 with the Thor: Ragnarok star and program creator Neil Cross. Now, Elba is “back in London” and “back in the coat” filming new episodes, the actor said in a tweet.
In a video posted to Elba’s Twitter account from the first day of shooting season 5, he says, “First day back on the set, I’m going home already.”
According to the official plot synopsis released by the network, DCI John Luther “must once again confront the depths of human depravity” when “the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare.”
“As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday [played by Black Mirror‘s Wunmi Mosaku] are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror,” the description reads. “But, even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect… and who to sacrifice. Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him — and change John Luther forever.”
“We missed John Luther,” Cross said in a statement. “We missed some old friends. And we wanted to make the biggest, scariest, darkest, most thrilling series of Luther there’s ever been. So that’s what we’ve come back to do.”
Dermot Crowley will return for the four-part season 5 as DSU Martin Schenk alongside Michael Smiley as Benny Silver, and Patrick Malahide as George Cornelius.
Jamie Payne (The Alienist, White Princess) directs the new run of Luther, which is executive-produced by Elba, Cross, Marcus Wilson, Hilary Salmon, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff.
A premiere will be announced at a later time.