“It’s a little daunting to contemplate who is Luther now when US viewers can see the [original] show on Netflix and BBC America,” she said.
Walden said Fox “had a lot of conversations” with Ali, prior to his Oscar-winning turn in Moonlight with a view to reinventing the role.
“I’ve seen black, male Luther. I know exactly the best version of it. I saw it with Idris,” she said.
“That doesn’t mean Mahershala wouldn’t have done something really interesting and different.
But it felt ultimately like a character who came from the same place, because the US version is even written similarly.”
The original Luther is currently in limbo with a view to a potential fifth season, though it can’t hide there forever.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Luther Season 5…