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Idris Elba May Be Involved in 'The Office' This Season - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 7th 2010 6:29PM
Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba at the 'Luther' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAs
BBC America presented their wares to the TV critics today, the last day of the TCA tour; one of the shows is 'Luther,' staring Idris Elba of 'The Wire' and 'The Office' fame. In the show, Elba plays a police detective who chases serial killer Alice Morgan (played by Ruth Wilson) the entire season, never being able to pin her crimes on her, but intrigued by her in many ways.

The clip reel showed a pretty intense series, but Elba is nothing if not intense, as anyone who saw him as Stringer Bell in 'The Wire' can attest. But will he come back to his other well-known role, as Dunder-Mifflin hard-ass Charles Miner?

He told reporters curious about the matter that, while Miner will not take over the Scranton branch, he may be involved with the story "closer to the season finale." Perhaps he's somehow involved in the departure of Michael Scott?

Elba's a busy guy; in addition to the first, six-episode season of Luther, he'll appear on the Showtime series 'The Big C' for four episodes, playing a love interest for Laura Linney's cancer-stricken main character Cathy. It was "a request from Laura that I come and kiss on her," he joked.

As for 'Luther,' which premiers on October 24, BBCA gave us the entire first season, so I'm looking forward to seeing it. Elba's character of John Luther is ruled by his emotions, but Elba likes how Luther uses his head. "In reality, Luther would have been fired several times already," he said. "Luther uses his intellect and thinks like the perp and wins."

While the first season will have Luther chasing after Morgan, but utilizing her twisted mind for another case, subsequent seasons might work differently, more like "the way people watch dramas now, three or four episodes at a time," says Elba. Maybe that means shorter story arcs, maybe that means something else. Not sure.

'Luther' is worth watching, even if only for Elba. But, let's face facts: we're all looking forward to seeing how he fits in at 'The Office' next year. Am I right, people?

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