Idris Elba To Liberate Political Prisoners In Forthcoming Civil Rights Drama Series

Idris Elba is heading to premium cable television fairly soon. The British actor has signed on to star in Guerrilla, a 1970s Civil Rights drama on Showtime.

The series, which will be released as a six-episode drama, will depict 1970s history in U.K. It centers on a politically active couple, whose relationship encounters challenges after they liberate a political prisoner and form an underground organization in London. Amidst their personal issues, the couple is seeking to take down the Black Power Desk, an organization established to diminish all forms of black activism in the U.K.

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While Idris’ character has not yet been revealed, the cable network has reportedly signed with 12 Years a Slave director and producer John Ridley, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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 teaming up with Ridley.

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Guerrilla has not been given a release date, but Showtime CEO David Nevis assures fans it will be worth the watch. “We’re excited to partner with our friends at Sky to bring a fascinating and unexplored story spearheaded by John and Idris, two major creative talents at the top of their game. Guerilla will surely keep our audience at their edge of their seats,” Nevins said.