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Idris Elba's 'Luther' Is Getting a Movie (A Prequel!)

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Aug 28, 2013 | 1:58pm EDT

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Britain's finest export, Idris Elba, is set to hit theaters wearing a familiar grey overcoat.

Even though we haven't had the pleasure of enjoying the third season of Luther in the states yet, a film featuring the hard-nosed cop is is already on its way. Writer and show creator Neil Cross told The Mirror that he has written a script for a Luther movie. The film will serve as a prequel to the critically acclaimed BBC series. At the Edinburugh TV Festival, Cross said, "Idris is a brilliant leading man and we've hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series."

The gritty crime drama has just wrapped up its third season in the U.K., and the show has enjoyed loads of success not only in Britain but across the pond in America as well. Making the Luther film a prequel rather than a sequel also opens up the possibility for old characters, deceased or otherwise, to join the detective for one more case. Which dearly departed character will we get to see in action, and will we get more insight into what makes the disgruntled cop tick?

The third and final season of Luther premieres on Tuesday, Septermber 3 on BBC America.

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