Idris Elba is gunning for his next Golden Globe. The actor has partnered up with Oscar winner and 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley for a new project set against the backdrop of 1970s civil rights in London.
Called Guerrilla, the six-episode limited series is described as a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It centers on a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of Black activism.
Elba will co-star in the series, though he won't play the romantic lead. The roles of the political couple haven't yet been cast.
"It's been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr. Ridley, and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and story-telling. TV is in for a treat," Elba said of the project.
Ridley adds, "I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris's passion toward bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of color, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and Showtime."
Guerilla begins filming later this summer and will premiere on Showtime, we're guessing, sometime next year.
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