Idris Elba is heading to Showtime for Guerrilla. Oscar-winner John Ridley will write, direct, and executive produce the six-episode limited series, which will also air on pay-TV network Sky Atlantic in the U.K.
The plot centers on a couple who “liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London,” Showtime said Wednesday. While going after the Black Power Desk — a real-life counter-intelligence unit that targets black activism — the couple finds their high-stakes moves revealing the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.
“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. “TV is in for a treat.”
Added Ridley, who is set to write most of the scripts and direct the first two episodes: “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.”
Production will begin in London late this summer.