Netflix has released the first images from Idris Elba's new comedy series Turn Up Charlie. 2018 was a big year for Elba, who not only starred (albeit briefly) in Avengers: Infinity War, the biggest movie of last year, but he was also named People's Sexiest Man Alive. 2019 looks to be an even bigger year for the 46-year-old star, as he's returning as Luther, in addition to roles in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and the movie adaptation of Cats. But he's also got this new series for Netflix, which takes a page out of his real life.
Turn Up Charlie centers on the titular Charlie (Idris Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given one last chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a 'manny' (male nanny) to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey). Elba is actually a DJ, as one of his many skills and he recently locked down a gig performing at Coachella 2019 for the first time. So, even though he's not an eternal bachelor and has found a great deal of success, the DJ life is something that he's familiar with.
Even though he's primarily known for his on-screen exploits, Idris Elba has been branching out quite a bit in recent years. This is actually the second series he helped create, to go along with In The Long Run, which was made for Sky last year. He also recently made his directorial debut with Yardie, which made its debut at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Now, he's bringing his DJ exploits to the small screen and exercising his comedy muscles a bit.
Idris Elba is joined in this new Netflix series by co-stars Piper Perabo (Looper) and JJ Feild (Professor Marston and the Wonder Women). The cast also includes Angela Griffin (Coronation Street), Guz Khan (Zapped), Jocelyn Jee Esein (Upstart Crow), Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up), Cameron King (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children) and Dustin Demri-Burns (I Give It a Year). The series was co-created by Elba and Gary Reich. They will also both serve as executive producers, alongside Tristram Shapeero. Shapeero is also on board to direct the series, along with Matt Lipsey. Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito are on board as co-executive producers. The series is co-production between Reich's Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Elba's Green Door Pictures.
We have five first look images below from the series to check out, which reveal Idris Elba doing his thing as a DJ, him in the studio and hanging out with his friend's daughter, doing his manny thing. Netflix has announced that Turn Up Charlie season 1, which consists of eight episodes, will arrive on March 15. With the series coming in just a few months we should be getting a trailer in the relatively near future. In the meantime, be sure to check out the first images from the series below from Netflix streaming service.