Idris Elba planning album of Luther-inspired music

The actor, singer and DJ, who is set to release his debut album next week, is now working on a collection of tracks based on DCI John Luther

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Luther star Idris Elba is planning a music album inspired by his character in the hit BBC crime drama. 

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The actor, singer and DJ is working on an album with the working title Murder Loves John, which is based on the role of troubled police detective John Luther.

I’d like to dissect the idea of someone who has to deal with so much darkness,” he said on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. 

“Detectives carry a lot of stuff. They meet someone who’s done something heinous, but they have to have an objective perspective on them until proven,” he said, adding: “That could create some really good songs… and definitely an interesting mood, musically.”

It’s not the first time Elba has been inspired to make music by a role he’s played. The 42-year-old’s debut album, which is set for release next week, is titled mi Mandela and is inspired by Elba’s African heritage as well as his role as Nelson Mandela in 2013 film Long Walk to Freedom.

It was announced this week that Luther would be returning to BBC1 for a two-part special next year

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Idris Elba appears on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Wednesday 26th November at 7:15pm.