US remake of ‘Luther’ delayed while network searches for lead actor

Idris Elba will serve as an executive producer on the remake, but won't appear on screen

The US remake of the BBC’s hit detective drama Luther has been delayed while producers continue to search for the right actor to take on the title role.

US network Fox ordered a pilot episode of the remake in January (2015), but it was “cast contingent”, meaning the episode will only be made if the network is happy with its lead actors.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Fox has halted pre-production on the remake until Hollywood’s busy TV pilot season comes to an end later this spring. Once the rush of pilot season is over, Fox will resume its search for Luther‘s leading man.

Original Luther star Idris Elba will serve as an executive producer on the remake, but won’t appear on screen. The pilot episode has been written by Neil Cross, the writer-creator of the British original, who will also serve as an executive producer.

Luther, in which Elba stars as an obsessive homicide detective, began on BBC One in 2010 and the third and most recent series aired last year. The British original has already been a cult hit in the US, where it airs on BBC America, and in 2012 Elba won a Golden Globe for his performance in the title role.

Elba started shooting a new two-part Luther special earlier this month (March). The special which is due to air on BBC One later in the year.