Idris Elba is heading to Africa for his next TV series, teaming with Germany's Tandem Productions (a StudioCanal company) and Havas Media's Save Ferris in France on Brazza, a Narcos-like drama set in the criminal underworld of Brazzaville, the capital of Republic of the Congo.
Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) is attached to write the series, in which a Congolese man living in Paris is forced to return home after his father dies under suspicious circumstances. Once there he gets drawn into a bloody family feud that threatens the country's uneasy truce.
"I am so proud to be working on this African set drama and to introduce a global audience to a world and culture that resonates so vibrantly with me," Elba said Wednesday in a statement.
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The actor, who starred in Netflix's Africa-set drama Beasts of No Nation, is perhaps best known for Luther, the British crime drama in which he plays the troubled titular detective.
Elba and the development team at Green Door will executive produce Brazza together with Tandem's Rola Bauer and Tim Halkin and Save Ferris' Jean-Charles Felli and Christophe Tomas. Tandem parent company StudioCanal will handle international sales for the series and will be selling the show at the MIPCOM television market in Cannes next week.
"Brazza will be a visceral series exploring one family's feud across Africa and Europe," said Bauer. "Idris' lens into this narrative is quite inspirational and as Africa awakens, marching boldly into the first world, we could not have asked for better partners in Idris and his team, as well as our cousins at Save Ferris."
Elba's Green Door shingle is currently in production, together with Fifty Fathoms, Stearns Castle and ABC Signature Studios, on Guerrilla, a limited series focused on political activists in a radical underground cell in London in the 1970s.