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Idris Elba has lined up a new gig, and it sounds like a bit of departure from what he normally does. According to The Wrap, he’s set to star in a new comedy series for British TV called In The Long Run, and it will be “based loosely on his childhood.” Elba created the show, and the Wrap story explains that it’s set in 1985 and follows the Easmon family as their “quiet life gets upended by the arrival of a relative with a passion for life.” Elba will play the patriarch, a man named Walter, and he sounds like a blue collar bloke who works in a factory, emigrated from Sierra Leone, and he’s friends with a neighbor guy named Bagpipes. Things get upended when Walter gets a visit from his brother Valentine, who is fun and cool but annoys Elba’s character.

In The Long Run will air on Sky1 in the UK, but it doesn’t have a premiere date or any specific plans for an American release—as far as we know—just yet.


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