Or should I say, the best present besides The Force Awakens?
Where Star Wars is sure to reignite our love for beloved characters, thrilling space chases, lightsabers, and (probably) lost limbs, there’s another franchise we’ve been missing for a while now. An old friend who struggles with his own dark side.
That’s right, Idris Elba is returning as DCI John Luther for a one-off, three-hour Series 4 special, December 17th (yes, that’s the same day The Force Awakens opens in the UK — and limited US theaters).
After the soul-crushing Series 3 ender over two years ago, you might be wondering just who’s left in Luther’s world; the answer is, not much of anybody, other than DSU Martin Shenk (Dermot Crowley) and Benny Silver (Michael Smiley). After taking an understandably necessary leave of absence, John is back on a case involving a cannibalistic serial killer, but he’s going to need a little outside help. That comes in the form of DS Emma Lane (Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie) and DCI Theo Bloom (Darren Boyd, The World’s End, Fortitude).
The question on most peoples’ minds is bound to be, What happened after we last saw Luther and Alice Morgan?
Did they run off together, and finally make a go of it? Apparently, we’ll never find out, since Ruth Wilson (The Affair) will not be returning. That’s a damned shame, because Elba and Wilson had mad onscreen chemistry. Realistically though, Alice probably isn’t the best mate for Luther; perhaps newcomer Megan Cantor (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Laura Haddock) aka “a mysterious woman from Luther’s past” will provide the stability John really needs.
Still, it would have been nice to catch up with Alice one more time. Girl had spunk.
Luther, Series 4 is written by Neil Cross, directed by Sam Miller (Flesh and Bone, Fortitude), and airs on BBC One and BBCA, December 17th.
May the force be with you, John.