Idris Elba joins 12 Years a Slave writer for new Sky drama Guerrilla

Six-part drama sees The Wire and Luther star in the new show scripted by writer John Ridley, set in the heady world of 1970s underground London politics


Idris Elba will star in Guerrilla, a politically-charged love story set in 1970s London for Sky Atlantic and Showtime.


The Luther and The Wire star will play one half of a young couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. The six-part drama is expected to air next year.

It has been written by John Ridley, the American film director and novelist who won the 2014 Best Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Elba said, “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 storytelling. TV is in for a treat.”

Ridley added, “I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion towards bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour, and believe we have great partners on the producorial [sic] level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and Showtime.”

Sky announced the new drama as part of an ambitious slate of six new shows featuring a range of talent including Tim Roth, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, Neil Jordan, Dawn French and Julia Stiles.

All the dramas will air either at the end of the year or next year.


Guerrilla is a co-production between Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature. International distribution is to be handled by Endemol Shine International.