Luther: The Fallen Sun location guide – Where was it filmed?
Idris Elba is going to some more far-flung places as he returns as DCI John Luther.
Four years since Idris Elba appeared in BBC drama Luther as the titular detective, the actor is back on our screens in the movie Luther: The Fallen Sun, which is now available on Netflix.
After being disgraced and put in prison at the end of season 5, The Fallen Sun follows the character as he breaks out of prison to defeat a cyber-killer (Andy Serkis), who has been terrorising the streets.
Written by Neil Cross and directed by Jamie Payne, the Netflix movie serves as a sequel to the original long-running series and marks the final instalment of the story.
Talking to Radio Times magazine, Cross recently explained: "The history of moving from TV to bigger screens is not a happy one, but that’s because they get a bit more money and immediately take them out of that world and send them somewhere else.
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"We were clear that whatever we did had to belong to the same territory that we’d established in the TV series. It couldn’t be Luther in Marbella. It still had to smell and sound and feel like Luther."
Of the location change, Elba previously said in an interview with Empire back in November 2022: "We break out of the gritty streets of London, we take it outside of that a little bit. And that’s great. It feels like now we’re entering a different life of the Luther experience.”
So, which other filming locations were used for Luther: The Fallen Sun? Read on for everything you need to know about where the movie was filmed.
Where was Luther: The Fallen Sun filmed?
As was the case for the TV show, filming took place in several locations around London – but the bigger budget that came with the transition to the big screen also allowed the crew to shoot some scenes further afield.
As such, a segment of the film was shot in Iceland – where according to the production notes, the cast and crew were able to witness the Northern Lights – while some key sections were also shot at Lite Studios in Brussels, Belgium, including a scene that used the largest and deepest shooting tank in Europe.
But of course, it wouldn't be Luther without showcasing some key London landmarks, and no less than 37 distinct locations in the city were used during the shoot including familiar spots in Chinatown, Fleet Street, and Piccadilly Circus.
The prison that Luther finds himself in at the start of the film is HM Prison Dorchester, which closed down in 2014 and underwent some major redevelopments to get it ready for the film.
Led by designer Jon Gary Steele, the production team repainted three floors, replicated and replaced all the historic Victorian locks, and sourced missing doors from nearby Gloucester Prison.
Meanwhile, an early fight scene between Luther and villain David Robey (Andy Serkis) was filmed at the abandoned Aldwych Tube Station, which originally opened in 1907 but has been closed since 1994.
Despite now being closed, the station has a storied history – it was used as a bomb shelter during the Second World War, while the National Gallery and British Museum used it to protect some of its most valuable treasures from the German Blitzkrieg.
One other notable aspect about the shoot is that Luther: The Fallen Sun managed to film at Piccadilly Circus for longer than any other production ever – with several night shoots having been filmed at the world-famous locations.
Luther: The Fallen Sun will be in select cinemas on Friday 24th February 2023 and on Netflix on Friday 10th March 2023. Sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.