Idris Elba and John Ridley Team Up For ’70s Political Love Story, ‘Guerrilla’


Idris Elba and John Ridley are taking viewers back almost 50 years ago for their first project together, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

‘American Crime’s’ John Ridley wrote, directed, and executive produced the miniseries ‘Guerrilla’ starring Elba for Showtime.

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Set in the 1970s, ‘Guerrilla’ tells a love story during one of the most politcally explosive times in U.K. history. The follows a politically active couple who put their relationship to the test after they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. The group targets the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

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The couple has yet to be cast. Elba, whose role in the film has been kept under wraps, will also exec. produce the project.

“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 story-telling. TV is in for a treat,” Elba said.

Ridley, who will write most of the episodes and direct the first two installments, added:

“I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’ passion toward bringing this story to life. 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, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and Showtime.”

The six-episode drama will begin production this summer.


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