Idris Elba to play a struggling DJ in upcoming Netflix comedy series

Netflix announces EMEA originals

Netflix is going into business with Idris Elba.

As reported by Variety, Netflix has ordered a comedy series starring Elba entitled Turn Up Charlie.

Elba will play a struggling DJ and "eternal bachelor" who takes a job as a "manny" for his famous best friend's "problem-child daughter". As of yet, no other casting has been announced.

The series will be executive produced by Elba, Reich and Tristram Shapeero. Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito will co-exec produce. So he wasn't actually amusing per se in the role, but the veteran actor also stars and created the United Kingdom comedy In The Long Run. Georgia Lester (Hollyoaks) will also write and serve as the supervising producer.

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Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service, announced today, all new original comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, created, in the United Kingdom, by Idris Elba (who stars and executive produces) and television producer Gary Reich. A premiere date has not yet been determined.

The new series are part of a 100-strong list of projects emanating from EMEA, part of Netflix's drive to bring more local stories from around the world in 2018, after the announcement last year it was to invest US$8bn in original content this year.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, has announced developments in content from EMEA at the See What's Next Netflix event in Rome. His TV credits include Showtime's John Ridley limited series Guerrilla and The Wire.

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