New Luther special begins filming, Rose Leslie joins cast



Late last year we were told that 2015 would be a big year for crime drama fans because three of the titans of contemporary British crime drama would be making a return. Not only would we be getting Broadchurch, and some new Sherlock at the end of the year, but also some Luther. A new two-pat special had been mooted and this week that two-part special started filming in east London, with new cast members, including Game Of Thrones’ Rose Leslie.

The two-parter has been slated for an autumn transmission and will be once again written by Neil Cross. Stars for the run include the excellent Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey), Laura Haddock (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie), Darren Boyd (Fortitude, Spy), John Heffernan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Ripper Street) and Patrick Malahide (Indian Summers, The Paradise), with Michael Smiley and Dermot Crowley returning as Benny Silver and DSU Martin Schenk respectively. The BBC had this to say about it:

Pitted against his most chilling adversary yet, haunted by the ghosts of his past and hell-bent on retribution, he’s drawn into a terrifyingly complex case that pushes him closer to the edge than he’s ever been.

There’s not word yet as to whether Alice Morgan will return, as Ruth Wilson is doing well in the US thanks to her turn in The Affair. The Daily Mail (in this piece here) showed some images of new co-star Laura Haddock (previously in things like Da Vinci’s Demons) sharing a laugh on-set with returning main man, Idris Elba. He had this to say:

It’s great we’ve been able to do this Luther special. John is so close to my heart, he’s part of me. The fans won’t be disappointed with his return – it’s explosive and definitely goes up a gear!

An excited Haddock said this on Twitter:

Elba, meanwhile, posted this up on Instagram… a John Luther selfie:

More news as we get it!


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