Idris Elba to star in 70s-based black activism mini-series ‘Guerilla’

Guerilla's filming starts this summer, with the series to be shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK

Idris Elba will star in a new mini-series based around black activism in 1970s London, entitled Guerilla.

Written by John Ridley (12 Years A Slave, Ben Hur, Three Kings), the plot will centre on an underground cell and the freeing of a political prisoner.

The official synopsis reads:

“Guerilla is a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of 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.”

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Elba has been speaking to TVLine about the project, and sounds excited by the concept. He said:

“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.”

The show is expected to run on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Elba was also named on Time’s Most Influential List this week, with The Wire director David Simon saying of the actor:

“I knew Elba, as true a leading man as I’d ever encountered, was not going to starve.” He added that he told Elba: “Brother, you’re never going to lack for work again. You’re going straight to features. Don’t you realize that?”