Though he keeps popping up in summer blockbusters like Thor, Prometheus, and this summer’s Guillermo del Toro monsters versus robots epic, Pacific Rim, Idris Elba is still dedicated to portraying intense, rough and brilliant copper John Luther on Neil Cross’ BBC One drama, Luther. Today we’ve got a glance at the first trailer from the show’s upcoming third season.
As you can see from the video above, plenty of familiar faces will join Elba in season 3, with Warren Brown (DS Justin Ripley), Dermot Crowley (DSU Martin Schenk), Michael Smiley (Benny Silver), and Ruth Wilson (Alice Morgan) reprising their roles from the first two series.
Here’s a synopsis from the BBC.
Idris Elba returns in the title role of the acclaimed mini-series which won him a 2012 Golden Globe for “Best Actor” in this four-night television event in September – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job, that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil,” “Love Actually”) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. But is Mary ready to accept Luther’s past? And can Luther leave it behind? A self-destructive near-genius, John Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. Luther shines a light into the hearts and minds of psychopaths and killers … and the shadowy spaces of his own soul.
It’s sorta fantastic to see that Cross is going to allow Luther to have a new love interest after the heartbreak that came with the loss of Zoe in season 1 – though Luther/Alice worshippers will likely be disappointed that the new love interest is not the delightfully deranged Ms. Morgan.
As for the ex-cop that’s hunting Luther down, he’s being played by Scottish actor David O’Hara (The Departed), his name is DSU George Stark, and he is described as “a witch finder” whose nickname is “The Grand Inquisitor”. He’s also apparently coming out of retirement solely to bring down John Luther.
That cat and mouse game could be entertaining and O’Hara is a rock solid actor, but this show seems to be at full hum when John Luther is on the right side of the law, not dodging accusations. A fine example of that would be the way that last season’s mafioso storyline with Jenny came in second place to the engrossing pursuit of the deeply disturbed Nick Millbury. Will this season be a repeat of that, or will Cross find a way to put all of his dueling storylines on an equal footing, while making John Luther juggle being both investigated and an investigator while tending to Mary and shielding her from Alice’s surefire jealousy? That’s the big question as we get ready for four robust episodes of Luther.
Luther returns September 3rd-7th @10pm on BBC America