Peaky Blinders movie: Release date speculation, cast, latest news
The Birmingham gangster drama is moving to the big screen. **WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR PEAKY BLINDERS SEASON 6**
It may have only been earlier this year that Peaky Blinders came to end with its sixth season, but it already feels like an age since we've seen Tommy and the rest of the Shelby clan.
The Birmingham gangster saga went from a small series on BBC Two to becoming one of the biggest show's globally, and while we now know there's not going to be a seventh season, it's unsurprising that creator Steven Knight wants to keep the world alive.
We now know that a feature film sequel to the series is coming, as was initially confirmed by Knight in January 2021 and reaffirmed in a recent interview.
Speaking to Heart Breakfast, Knight said that he's nearly finished writing the script and that the movie will be shot at his new studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.
He explained: "We’re going to shoot it at the studios in Digbeth, and on location in Digbeth in Birmingham. Digbeth and Small Heath is where the Peaky Blinders actually roamed. So it's like Peaky’s coming home, basically."
Knight has also offered a fair few hints about what we can expect from the film's plot, so read on for everything we know so far about the Peaky Blinders movie.
Peaky Blinders movie release date speculation
Unfortunately, it's still far too early to pinpoint a release date at this juncture, but we have got a bit more of a sense of timings thanks to a recent interview with Steven Knight.
The Peaky Blinders creator said that he's "hoping that we'll be shooting… within 18 months. And then obviously, we put it together. I don't know. I mean, it will depend on the distributors and things when it goes out.
If all goes to plan that would suggest the film will be shot by the end of 2023, making a late 2024 cinema release date seem likely. However, it's all up in the air at the moment.
Of course, should any more official information about a release date – or even any stronger hints – find their way to us, we'll update this page with all the latest news.
Who will be in the Peaky Blinders movie cast?
Here is a list of characters from the Peaky Blinders cast who could return for the movie.
- Cillian Murphy as Thomas “Tommy” Shelby
- Natasha O’Keeffe as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shelby (née Stark)
- Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby
- Sophie Rundle as Ada Thorne (née Shelby)
- Kate Phillips as Linda Shelby
- Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Esme Shelby-Lee
- Ian Peck as Curly
- Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby
- Ned Dennehy as Charlie Strong
- Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah "Jimmy" Jesus
- Packy Lee as Johnny Dogs
- Daryl McCormack as Isiah Jesus
- Neil Maskell as Winston Churchill
- Pauline Turner as Frances
- Amber Anderson as Diana, Lady Mosley (née Mitford)
- James Frecheville as Jack Nelson
- Conrad Khan as Erasmus “Duke” Shelby
- Billy Jenkins as Charles Shelby
- Callum Booth-Ford as Karl Thorne
- Aneurin Barnard as Dr Holford
- Stephen Graham as Hayden Stagg
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray
- Sam Claflin as Sir Oswald Mosley
- Tom Hardy as Alfred “Alfie” Solomons
The big question had been whether Tommy Shelby would survive the end of the series – but creator Steven Knight had already confirmed that Cillian Murphy would reprise the role in some capacity in the film.
When asked whether Tommy and his brother Arthur would still feature in the Peaky Blinders world after season 6, Knight told Digital Spy: "It's impossible to say yet. But the film – yes.
As for who else might feature, it's too early to say – but Peaky Blinders has introduced a huge amount of iconic characters throughout its run and we'd expect many of them to make appearances.
In particular, we'd expect the stars who play Shelby family members to make appearances, with Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Natasha O'Keefe, and Harry Kirton among those likely to play a role.
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Season 6 newcomer Conrad Khan is keen to reprise his role as Erasmus "Duke" Shelby but is uncertain at present if this will happen.
On a potential return, Khan said to RadioTimes.com: "I hope so. I hope so. [Steven Knight] hasn't spoken to me about it. I don't think he even knows in his mind what he wants to take it next. But yeah, who knows?"
And then there are big-name stars such as Tom Hardy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Stephen Graham and Sam Claflin, at least a couple of whom we'd expect to see – while we could also see a few high-profile additions to the cast.
Of Tommy's enemies, Sir Oswald Mosley (Claflin) and his wife Diana (Amber Anderson) remain at large and at the height of their influence.
Characters who cannot return (unless as a ghost or in flashback) include Michael Gray (Finn Cole), Billy Grade (Emmett J. Scanlan) and Captain Swing/Laura McKee (Charlene McKenna), after all being killed in the finale to the series.
Knight also recently teased that the film will feature "some new faces that will hopefully be quite surprising", and with the show having plenty of celebrity fans, we could be seeing some new famous faces coming to Birmingham for the new outing.
What will happen in the Peaky Blinders movie?
While official plot information is being kept under wraps for now, Steven Knight has given a few hints as to what to expect.
Specifically, he's revealed that the film will be set during the Second World War, claiming he always wanted the saga to end with the conflict.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Knight said: "I know what's going to happen in those stories and it's about a sort of untold story that happened in the Second World War, which Peakys are going to be involved in."
He also revealed that Polly Gray, who was played by the late Helen McCrory will, "remain a fundamental part of the movie."
Further details are not available at this stage, but there are several ways in which a movie could potentially go and it will certainly be interesting to see what direction Knight chooses to take things.
Given that Tommy is alive at the end of Peaky Blinders and is not, in fact, terminally ill as he had been lead to believe, the stage is set for an almighty comeback.
There are multiple adversaries to deal with in the coming film, not least the newly married Sir Oswald Mosley and Lady Diana Mosley - who appear to have been behind the fake diagnosis delivered by Dr Holford.
Tommy fighting the British Union of Fascists and Nazis? Yes, please!
We also have Jack Nelson (James Frecheville) and Gina Gray (Anya Taylor-Joy) alive so maybe they will want revenge on Tommy for what happened to Michael and their plan.
Meanwhile, there are multiple members of the Shelby family still living and who could return. We shall just have to wait and see who!
A potential rivalry has already been set up between Tommy's illegitimate son Erasmus "Duke" Shelby and his now exiled uncle Finn Shelby, so we imagine that will feature.
Is there a trailer for the Peaky Blinders movie?
No, and we're not expecting a trailer for some time, with the planned start of production still months away.
That said, as soon as any teasers arrive we'll post them right here, so keep checking back for all the latest updates.
Who will direct the Peaky Blinders movie?
It appears that Anthony Byrne will direct the Peaky Blinders movie.
While not officially confirmed, an interview with Byrne for The Times saw the director say of the film: "Myself, Steve and Cillian are talking about it right now. It’s the next [job for us] and will continue the story of Tommy Shelby."
Bryne directed all the episodes in seasons 5 and 6 of Peaky Blinders.
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Peaky Blinders season 6 concludes on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday 3rd April 2022. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Drama hub for the latest news.
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