Here’s everything you need to know about Luther: The Fallen Sun, including when the crime film will be released and how to watch it.
Nearly four years after last appearing as John Luther – and 13 years after the character first graced our screens, Idris Elba is returning as the excellent, but complicated detective in a film titled 'Luther: The Fallen Sun'.
This is everything you need to know about Luther: The Fallen Sun movie, including when it is due to be released, what it is expected to be about, what you should watch before and how you will be able to watch it when it does come out.
Luther: The Fallen Sun movie will be released into selected theatres on 24 February 2023. It will then be released on Netflix on 10 March 2023. This was confirmed by Idris Elba on Instagram. Production began in November 2021 so the film has been on the cards for a while.
Luther: The Fallen Sun will arrive in cinemas first, but unlike the likes of Top Gun: Maverick, it will only be exclusive to the theatres for 14 days. As mentioned above, the film will land on Netflix on 10 March, meaning you'll be needing a Netflix subscription to watch it if you don't want to pay to watch it in the cinema.
The five seasons of the Luther TV series, which the film is based on, initially aired on the BBC but Netflix have taken on the film.
According to Idris Elba, Luther: The Fall Sun movie is a "big scale version of the TV show". It's said to be a dark thriller – as the TV series was – and he said Luther fans will love it, as will new fans.
JustWatch published the synopsis for the movie as: "A gruesome serial killer is terrorizing London while brilliant but disgraced detective John Luther 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."
Luther: The Fallen Sun has been written by Neil Cross and directed by Jamie Payne.
The following actors and actresses have been confirmed for Luther: The Fallen Sun movie:
Luther: The Fallen Sun movie is based on the BBC television series Luther, which first appeared in 2010. There were five seasons of the crime series, with a total of 20 episodes. The finale for season 5 of Luther aired on 4 January 2019.
Idris Elba said you don't need to have watched the previous seasons of the TV show Luther in order to enjoy the upcoming film, though we suspect it won't do any harm to have watched them in order to get a proper feel for his complicated character.
If you do fancy catching up on the five seasons of Luther before the movie comes out, you can watch all 20 episodes on BBC iPlayer.
Not really. Netflix originally shared the release month and three images from the Luther: The Fallen Sun movie. Idris Elba then shared a teaser on Instagram, along with the specific release dates we mentioned above, though it doesn't give any details on what to expect.
We are yet to see a full trailer, though we'd expect something to appear soon. Watch this space and we will drop it in as soon as it is available.
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