Can’t get enough of Idris Elba? It appears Hollywood’s favourite hunk will have a busy TV calendar year as he will be starring in Turn Up Charlie, a comedy series just ordered by streaming giant Netflix. Co-created by Elba and TV producer Gary Reich, the series follows Charlie (Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who has been given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.
This marks the second comedy series Elba has created. He also created and stars in the current Sky One series In the Long Run, playing a Sierra Leonean immigrant living with his family in London circa 1985 that is loosely based on Elba’s own life. Elba’s best known TV role is his time spent as Stranger Bell on the hit HBO series The Wire. His other TV credits include his starring role in the UK police crime drama Luther, the mini-series Guerilla, and guest arcs on shows like The Big C and The Office.
On the film side, Idris Elba is known for his appearances in the Thor franchise, Pacific Rim, Star Trek: Beyond, and Beasts of No Nation (for which he was robbed of a much deserved Oscar nomination). Elba is also an accomplished disc jockey, having performed at festivals like Snowbombing Glastonbury, Creamfields, and Elrow London. The world of Turn Up Charlie will be familiar to Elba. An half-hour series with an eight-episode first season, the series will begin production this May in the UK.