September 4, 2009

HE'S IN AN OLD INSPECTOR LYNLEY...:

Idris Elba, star of The Wire, to play detective for BBC (Daily Telegraph, 04 Sep 2009)
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His new BBC One character, John Luther, is a "near-genius" murder squad detective who may have more in common with Bell than Inspector Morse and other traditional TV sleuths.

Elba said: "I'm really excited about playing Luther. He's a challenging and exciting character because he's so complex. While he's capable of great kindness and loyalty, sometimes he steps over the edge of madness - simmering with anger and rage."

The series is set in modern-day London and each episode will see Luther tracking down a killer.

It is the first lead television role for Elba, 36, who started out in the soap opera Family Affairs before moving to the US aged 22. "In the US, there are lead roles for black actors. That's why I went to American - to get the lead roles that I wouldn't here," he said recently.


...and I thought his English accent was quite good.



Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2009 7:37 AM
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