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Idris Elba Returns For Highly Anticipated Third Season Of ‘Luther’

Idris Elba returns for a third season as the super-dishy Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the BBC America crime drama “Luther.” (Courtesy photo)
Idris Elba returns for a third season as the super-dishy Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the BBC America crime drama “Luther.” (Courtesy photo)

When the character Alice Morgan of the BBC America crime drama “Luther,”  makes the pronouncement that the “absence of evidence is not the evidence of  absence,” she solidified her place as one of the more clever and oddly endearing  psychopaths in television history. Having spent the last two series playing an  emotionally charged cat-and-mouse game with Detective Chief Inspector John  Luther, Alice – played by actress Ruth Wilson (Small Island) – returns for the  third series alongside Idris Elba, as the title character. No  spoilers! BBC America is offering the first two series in their entirety On  Demand before the new series airs.

Elba reinvigorates the haunted, often misunderstood Luther this season, but  adds a touch of long-awaited gentleness not witnessed in the previous seasons,  through the addition of a new love interest, Mary Day, played by Sienna Guillory  (Resident Evil). Unlike the frantic passions of the Zoe-John saga, writer Neil  Cross introduces a shy, blushing, even, fumbling Luther, who is a refreshing  change from the sobering “Billy Badass” audiences have come to love. Luther’s  attention, and dare it be said, affections, however, are splintered, between  Mary and the brilliantly deranged Alice.

“You realize why Luther is so good when you read Neil Cross’ scripts, and  then you meet Idris and understand what ‘untamed’ means. There is no other set  I’d rather be on, and I love the disastrous fun of being Mary Day, the right  girl in the wrong place,” Guillory said.

In the crosshairs of his personal life are a series of fetish murders he  cannot seem to grasp fully, as well as an old nemesis bent on ending his career.  Elba is strikingly powerful, decidedly masterful, and absolutely breathtaking as  John Luther. The Billy Dee Williams of a new age, Elba offers brains, brawn, and  sex appeal without much effort.

Elba, who won a Golden Globe Best Actor award, for the role in 2012, believes  the crossroads Luther faces this season will ultimately shape the direction in  which the character itself grows.

“[Luther’s] gone through a lot of trauma. Each time you go through anything  bad in your life, it makes you a bit more reflective, and it definitely scars  you in some way. In this series he’s looking for peace. But a lot happens in  this season … I don’t know where it’s going to leave Luther. He’s not a fragile  man, but he might end up becoming fragile after what he goes through. This  series is very much about Luther trying to change his life and get to the finish  line,” said Elba, 40.

Cross’ writing is chilling and will have audiences biting their nails from  the opening sequence. For those who want to get a more intimate glance at John  Luther, and Cross’ genius, the novel Luther, The Calling, written by Cross in  2011 is now available in paperback. The work follows Luther’s obsessive,  intense, and impassioned career (and personal life) pre-series.

The new four-part miniseries returns Sept. 3-6, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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