He may be tipped to become the next James Bond but Idris Elba has returned to playing the BBC’s DCI John Luther.
The actor, 42, has begun filming a new two-part special of the hit detective series Luther, which is among a slew of British hits about to be remade in America.
Returning from the silver screen to the small screen the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom star is back as the obsessive murder detective whose own morals are sometimes questionable for the fourth instalment of Luther.
The new series will consist of just two hour-long episodes also featuring regular co-stars Dermot Crowley as DSU Martin Schenk and Michael Smiley as Benny Silver.
Game of Thrones alumni Rose Leslie and Patrick Malahide are among a stellar cast which also includes Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy) and John Heffernan (Ripper Street).
Idris Elba on screen
Idris Elba on screen
1/5 Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Elba stars as late South African political leader Nelson Mandela in the Oscar-nominated Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Elba played 'passionate and ruthless' DCI John Luther in award-winning BBC One crime drama Luther from 2010 to 2013
3/5 No Good Deed
Elba stars as unstable escaped convict Colin Evans in 2014 thriller No Good Deed
Elba plays ex-military captain Janek in Prometheus, here seen alongside Charlize Theron
5/5 The Wire
Elba established himself in the US first, playing the role of Russell 'Stringer' Bell in drug drama The Wire
Announcing the surprise return of Luther late last year writer Neil Cross said: "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.
"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."
Earlier this week Elba revealed filming had commence on Twitter, writing:
Executive Producer Elizabeth Kilgarriff said the two-part drama would be “the biggest, scariest story” written by Cross so far, and that the writer was “pulling out all the stops”.
First day back to set of John Luther....stand by East London. pic.twitter.com/tkALv7zO9L— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 2, 2015
Elba, who became a big star following The Wire, has been repeatedly named as a successor to Daniel Craig in the Bond franchise.
In late 2014 a hacked Sony email revealed the company thought the actor “should be the next Bond”.
Elba has previously said he would definitely accept the role if it was offered to him.