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‘Beyond’s’ Elba Stars In New Showtime Miniseries

‘Guerrilla’ will touch on real-life racial strife in 1970s England

Idris Elba is not slowing down at all following his trek into the stars with “Star Trek: Beyond.”

Elba is set to star in a new Showtime miniseries from writer John Ridley called “Guerrilla.” It’s based on true events of a London couple fighting against a British counter-intelligence unit designed to quash black activism in the 1970s, according to Variety. The story itself will focus on the couple who frees a political prisoner, and from there, creates a “radical underground cell.”

“I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion toward bringing this story to life,” Ridley told Variety reporter Daniel Holloway. “I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of color, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level.”

Elba himself will be an executive producer on the miniseries, joining Ridley, Patrick Spence, Katie Swinden, Tracy Underwood and Michael McDonald.

Ridley is a novelist and screenwriter who has worked on a number of shows in the past like “The Wanda Sykes Show” and “Third Watch.” He is the creator of the ABC series “American Crime” and is best known for winning an Oscar in 2014 for his adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”

The writer is working on a pilot for ABC Studios called “Presence” as well as a television series that would be based on a Marvel comics property. He’s also a writer and producer for the upcoming summer film remake “Ben-Hur,” starring Jack Huston.

Elba is a four-time Emmy nominee for “Luther” and “The Big C,” and plays the baddie Krall in “Beyond,” which opens July 22.

Showtime has not said when “Guerrilla” will air, but it’s expected early next year.

Source: Variety

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