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Idris Elba Teams with John Ridley for ‘Guerrilla’

“TV is in for a treat,” Idris Elba said in a statement to Deadline.

His teaser comment is in reference to a new project he signed on to co-star and executive produce alongside American Crime creator John Ridley. The two creatives are developing a six-episode series called, Guerrilla, which tells the story of the Black Power Movement in the UK during the 1970s.

The politically charged show centers on a couple whose values are tested once they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in London.

With this new way of activism, their main target is the Black Power Desk, a secretive-counterintelligence unit with a mission to crush all forms of Black activism.

Guerrilla is a passion project for the both the Beast of No Nation star and the 12 Years a Slave director.

“These events are starting to no longer be current but a distant history,” Ridley stated. “We don’t want those stories and perspective to fade into the past. Emotional honesty in the storytelling is [very important to us].

Most of the episodes have already been written and Ridley take on directing duties on the first two. The series is expected to begin pre-production in London, late summer.