Idris Elba confirms start date for 'Luther' Season 5 as he drops teaser trailer

Five: The latest season is set to air later this year: BBC
Five: The latest season is set to air later this year: BBC

Idris Elba is set to reprise his role as impulsive detective Luther in a fifth season of the acclaimed crime drama.

The BBC has released a first-look trailer ahead of the four new episodes, which will reportedly see DCI John Luther reunite with Alice Morgan, portrayed by Ruth Wilson.

The latest teaser trailer gives little away, simply showing a roughed-up Luther slowly walking towards the camera.

The tagline reads: “This will hurt, Luther.”

The official synopsis hints at a “new nightmare” forcing Luther to confront the “depths of human depravity.”

It reads: “When the moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare, DCI John Luther must once again confront the depths of human depravity.

“As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit DS Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror.

New Season: Elba is set to return to the BBC show (Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images)
New Season: Elba is set to return to the BBC show (Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images)

“But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect… and who to sacrifice.”

The summary concludes with the revelation of “devastating consequences” which will “change John Luther forever.”

Speaking previously about the upcoming episodes Elba said: “We’re not reinventing the wheel. It’s classic Luther.”

Luther returns to BBC One later this year

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