The series follows Charlie (Elba), a "struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter". Production begins in May in the United Kingdom. As of yet, no other casting has been announced.
Emmy nominee Idris Elba is set to star in a new United Kingdom comedy series from Netflix titled Turn Up Charlie. Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran, and Victoria Asare-Archer serve as writers with Georgia Lester also serving as writer as well as supervising producer.
While this new character may seem like a notable shift in tone from the roles he's played in the past, Elba actually began his career as an East London DJ prior to acting. Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito will co-exec produce. A premiere date has not yet been determined.
The show was announced as part of Netflix's new slate of titles at their See What's Next Event in Rome on Wednesday.
While Charlie might not have had his lucky break into the music biz, Idris has become a regular feature as a DJ at events - and even performed a set at Glasto a year ago. He was also a resident at Hi Ibiza across the summer season, performing with the Mambo Brothers. From Heimdall in Thor, to Stringer Bell in The Wire, and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Elba has been gracing fans with immaculate performances for years. He was also in Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Beasts of No Nation, for which he received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly's Game.
He's repped by WME and the Artists Partnership in the United Kingdom.