Idris Elba, John Ridley Headed to Showtime for Mini-Series, ‘Guerrilla’

John Ridley is continuing his quest to energize the landscape of television with socially relevant stories that don’t sugarcoat the consequences that erupt from careless negligence.

The American Crime creator is collaborating with Golden Globe winner Idris Elba on a limited series – Guerrilla – that will air on Showtime in the U.S. and on Sky Atlantic in the U.K.


Guerrilla will transport viewers to 1970’s London – a period that is noted for its intense political strife which exacts searing repercussions on a couple who are heavily involved in the underground movement that helps to facilitate the freedom of a political prisoner. The story will capture the efforts of the radical group as they work to dismantle the intelligence unit – Black Power Desk – that is tasked with eradicating organizations promoting the mission of black activism.

The film is slated to begin production in London later this summer and Elba will not only star but also serve as executive producer through his production company – Green Door Pictures.

In addition to sharing producing duties – Ridley is committed to writing most of the episodes of the mini-series as well as helming the first two.

As mentioned earlier, Ridley’s dedication to producing quality stories for the small screen has been quite evident via his partnership with ABC Studios where he recently extended his deal for three years.

American Crime – which just ended its second season has been consistently praised by critics and amassed 10 Primetime Emmy Award nominations last year – including one for actress Regina King who ended up winning the outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie.

Elba is no stranger to television thanks to memorable roles in HBO’s past gem The Wire and the British procedural drama Luther. He also enjoyed much-deserved recognition for his award-winning performance in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation.

His next roles will be in the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond and The Dark Tower, co-starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.