Idris Elba to Headline 6-Episode Showtime Drama Series Guerrilla, From American Crime EP John Ridley

Ladies and gents, I believe we have a frontrunner for the 2017 limited-series Emmy.

Showtime on Wednesday announced that it has given a green light to Guerrilla, a six-episode drama written and directed by American Crime auteur John Ridley and starring Luther‘s Idris Elba.

Guerrilla is being billed as “a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history. It tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.”

Per the cabler, Ridley will write the majority of the episodes and direct the first two.

“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,” said Elba in a statement. “TV is in for a treat.”

Added Ridley: “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.”

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