Idris Elba is an extremely busy man – not only is he about to star in Sky Atlantic's Guerrilla and the blockbusting Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, and appear in Thor: Ragnarok, he's been programming a season of shows for BBC Three, and starting production on his directorial debut, Yardie.
But where does that leave his iconic BBC detective Luther?
After season four aired, Elba discussed a follow-up with the Hollywood Reporter, saying: "All I can tell you is that there has been some thought. The great thing about Luther is that you never know what may or may not happen next. I think that's part of its appeal. Each season feels like a capsule, but then you feel like, 'Oh, it's got to come back.' I will say that there has certainly been some thought about what to do next … if anything."
Creator Neil Cross and Elba have also been talking about doing a movie version for ages (in fact, at one stage, they said season three would be the show's last telly instalment, only to return for a two-episode season four), so there's a possibility that's how it'll return.
But far more likely is another TV take on the material, so we're compiling all the latest news and rumours, like some sort of serial-killer dossier, and placing it below.
We'll be constantly updating based on whatever new intel we get, until this case is officially broken by the BBC.
Luther on Netflix: Will it stream?
With every season of Luther going onto Netflix (including the most recent season four, but only in the States), some fans have wondered if the show could come back via the streaming site.
We'd say it's probably unlikely – the BBC know how precious Luther is, and are unlikely to let it go without a fight – but we wouldn't be surprised if Netflix was trying to work out some way of getting in on the action.
After all, Elba fronted Netflix's incredible movie Beasts Of No Nation, so the company's definitely a fan of the actor.
Could the long-rumoured Luther film eventually get backing from the streaming service? It's exactly the sort of branded content Netflix loves, and they've got the money to do it… mark us down for a 2020 Luther movie directed by House Of Cards showrunner David Fincher, please.
Luther 2017: When's it back?
2017 has already been a packed year for Elba, so, unless he's managed to shoot season five of Luther in between starring in massive blockbusters and directing indie gangster movies, we wouldn't expect the show to land this year.
But with Elba hinting at the show's return last year during a Twitter Q&A, we wouldn't be totally shocked to get another update before the year's out.
Luther air date: When can I see it?
So, if not 2017, when? If it's announced super soon, they might just squeeze in the show for Christmas / New Year, which is when season four aired in the UK.
Much more likely is a return to the summer scheduling of the early seasons – we predict June / July 2018.
But, you know, don't track us down and arrest us if that doesn't turn out to be the case.
Luther cast: who's in it?
It goes without saying that the show won't come back until Elba's ready, but he's not the only scheduling challenge for the team. Ruth Wilson's Alice has to reappear – it wouldn't be Luther without her – and Wilson's pretty busy herself.
Though, with Wilson-led Netflix original I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House hitting the streaming service last year, we're pretty sure we can use her as further evidence there'll be a Luther Netflix movie at some point.
We'd also be very surprised if Laura Haddock's Megan didn't come back as – SPOILER ALERT – she was established as Luther's next big bad at the end of season four.
Though with Haddock appearing in Michael Bay's next Transformers movie, The Last Knight, we can expect her to be busy on a fairly extensive press tour over the next few months.
We'd also predict series regular tech expert / World Of Warcraft fan Benny to pop up in season five.
Until then, Michael Smiley fans can catch the actor playing a very different role (gun runner Frank), in Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, which is in cinemas now.
As for the rest of the cast, bookmark this page for all the latest news and announcements, when Luther season five because a real thing and not just something we're all really, really hoping for.
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