Luther: The Fallen Sun Cast – Meet Idris Elba’s Movie Co-Stars

Out now on Netflix, Idris Elba is joined by new additions Andy Serkis, Cynthia Erivo and more in The Fallen Sun

Idris Elba in Luther the Fallen Sun
Photo: Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2023

Luther’s back. Being banged up at the end of Series 5 didn’t stop that growly genius from taking on a new case and a new villain in Bond-inspired Netflix movie The Fallen Sun. And, since most of his former colleagues were spectacularly killed in the line of duty, the man’s being joined by a fresh cast.

Dermot Crowley returns as John Luther’s former boss DSU Martin Schenk, who’s joined by Cynthia Erivo as Luther’s replacement on the team, and far from his biggest fan. Going toe-to-toe with Idris Elba’s John will be Andy Serkis as surveillance tech billionaire David Robey, possibly the detective’s darkest foe yet.

And what of Ruth Wilson’s Alice, last seen taking a short drop off a tall tower? She’s not listed among the cast this time, but there’s no saying that wily brainbox won’t find a way to return in any future Luther movie sequels.

Andy Serkis as David Robey

Andy Serkis in Luther The Fallen Sun.

David Robey is an extremely shady surveillance tech billionaire whose evil scheme takes John Luther well out of his (admittedly large) comfort zone. He’s played by Andy Serkis, whom you obviously know as the performer behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films’ Gollum, behind the titular character in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and behind evolved chimpanzee Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Outside of the mo-cap technology, Serkis plays Kino Loy in Andor, Alfred in 2022 feature film The Batman, Ulysses in Black Panther, Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as countless voice roles rumoured to soon include Captain Haddock in a new set of Tintin pictures.

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Cynthia Erivo as DCI Odette Raine

Cynthia Erivo in Luther The Fallen Sun

DCI Odette Raine is the detective who’s been heading up Luther’s old unit during his time inside. She’s played by Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo, a screen and stage star with an incredible singing voice. Erivo played the lead role of Harriet Tubman in 2019 biopic Harriet, plus Aretha Franklin in Genius (we said the woman could sing), Holly in The Outsider, the voice of the Blue Fairy in Guillermo del Toro’s animated Pinocchio and will play Elphaba in the film adaptations of hit Wizard of Oz musical Wicked.

Thomas Coombes as Archie Woodward

Thomas Coombes in Luther The Fallen Sun

DS Archie Woodward is played by Thomas Coombes, a familiar face on screen who’s appeared in a host of TV and film roles, notably playing Goz in two series of Sky drama Save Me, the policeman in a key scene at the end of Bill Nighy film Living, the health inspector in taut, tense restaurant film Boiling Point (soon to be a BBC TV series), as well as roles in The Murders at White House Farm, A Confession, Endeavour, Lucky Man, Knightfall, Silent Witness and more.

Hattie Morahan as Corinne Aldrich

Hattie Morahan in Luther The Fallen Sun

Corinne Aldrich, the mother of an abducted child, makes a visit to Luther in prison at the start of The Fallen Sun that kickstarts the Netflix feature film. She’s played by Hattie Morahan, who memorably played Jane, the weepy neighbour of the Brockman family in BBC comedy Outnumbered, but more recently was seen as Lady Tewkesbury in Netflix’s Enola Holmes, Channel 4’s The Undeclared War, Amber in the Shakespearean verse episode of Inside No. 9 and Agathe in Disney’s 2017 Beauty and the Beast. She also provides the voice of Helen Sinclair in the Doctor Who Doom Coalition podcasts.

Lauryn Ajufo as Anya Raine

Lauryn Ajufo in Luther The Fallen Sun

Anya is the teenage daughter of Cynthia Erivo’s DCI (see above) who gets into a perilous situation in The Fallen Sun. She’s played by fellow Boiling Point actor (see Thomas Coombes, above) Lauryn Ajufo, who also recently appeared in Netflix’s YA robot sci-fi adventure series The Last Bus and ITVX teen mental health drama Tell Me Everything. She’s attached to star in forthcoming Netflix series The Fuck-It Bucket.

Vincent Regan as Dennis McCabe

Vincent Regan in Luther The Fallen Sun

An underworld associate of Luther’s from back in his days on the force, Dennis plays a key role early on in The Fallen Sun. He’s played by Vincent Regan, a familiar face in crime drama recently seen in The Bay, Traces, Before We Die, Snatch, and Undercover as well as historical dramas Poldark, Victoria, The White Princess, Atlantis and many many more over his last three decades on screen.

Dan Li as Wong

Comedy fans might recognise Dan Li from Johnny Vegas sitcom Ideal or multiple parts in children’s series Horrible Histories, while BBC drama fans might know him from 2021 submarine spy drama Vigil,courtroom drama You Don’t Know Me, psychological thriller The Girl Before, 1980s-set true crime series The Gold,or 2013 Doctor Who episode ‘The Bells of Saint John’.  Li also appeared in Ken Loach’s acclaimed 2016 film I, Daniel Blake and provides the voice of Yong Bao on multiple versions of Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Edward Hogg as Derek Standish

Film and TV actor Edward Hogg appeared in a pre-Paddington Paul King’s 2009 cult favourite film Bunny and the Bull, before turning up in Misfits, Dead Boss, space adventure Jupiter Ascending, BBC magical adaptation Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, as well as Steven Knight’s Taboo, and excellent Starz historical drama Harlots. He was a regular in Netflix Sherlock Holmes YA series The Irregulars and in Batman prequel Pennyworth.

Guy Williams as Tim Cranfield

A mysterious man who approaches Luther with an intriguing proposition towards the end of Fallen Sun, Tim Cranfield is played by Indian Summers, The White Princess and The Crown’s Guy Williams, who was also seen recently in Martin Clunes-starring series Manhunt and ITVX medical drama Maternal.

Luther: The Fallen Sun is out now on Netflix