Idris Elba To Return As Luther In Two Part Special

With rumors of a movie always out there, BBC America surprised everyone today by announcing that Pacific Rim star Idris Elba will return to the role of DCI John Luther in an upcoming, two-part Luther special event which will air on The BBC and BBC America.

“Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next," admitted creator and writer Neil Cross said. "So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”

Elba is a fan-favorite both in the U.K. and in the U.S. He's been rumored for a number of major recent roles, including Green Lantern and James Bond. He's expected to appear in five films over the next thirteen months, including Avengers: Age of UltronThe Jungle Book and Finding Dory.

On Tuesday, Fox announced that they will remake Luther on TV for American audiences. Elba will not star. Interestingly, Elba did have a major recurring role on The Office, another U.S. series based on a hit British show.