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Idris Elba partnership with AppleTV is now paying off as it has been confirmed that he will star and serve as an executive producer in a new series for the tech giant.
Reportedly, the Luther actor will be the lead in a new thriller series titled Divert. The seven-part series plot features Elba as Sam, an in-demand business negotiator who finds his skills put into action as the plane he’s on is hijacked en route to London. “[Sam] must step up and use all his cunning to try to save the lives of the passengers – but his high-risk strategy could be his undoing,” the series synopsis reads.
Divert is the first project to emerge from the first-look deal that Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures, signed with the streaming platform in 2020. Elba will serve as executive producer with George Kay, who was at the origin of the creation of Lupine series for Netflix. Kay will also serve as a writer on Divert. Rounding out the producer team are Jim Field Smith, who will direct as well as 60Forty’s Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier.
The announcement of the new series shows that Apple TV+ is focused on growing its international audience with the UK as the starting point. slow horsesa spy drama starring Gary Oldman is already available to viewers and will soon be followed by another drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes titled The Essex Serpent. For Elba, this follows a film featuring his weathered detective Luther character which will air on Netflix in addition to serving as the voice of Knuckles in sonic the hedgehog 2 and her role in the fantasy drama Three hundred years of nostalgia alongside Tilda Swinton.