Oscar Winner Cillian Murphy Confirmed Return for Peaky Blinders by Creator

Diving into the latest on 'Peaky Blinders' cinematic journey.

by Nouman Rasool
Oscar Winner Cillian Murphy Confirmed Return for Peaky Blinders by Creator
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In a revelation that has stirred excitement among fans and followers alike, Steven Knight, the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed series "Peaky Blinders," confirmed that Cillian Murphy will indeed return to the screen as Thomas Shelby in the highly anticipated Peaky Blinders movie.

This news comes on the heels of Murphy's triumphant Oscar win for Best Actor, recognizing his riveting performance in "Oppenheimer." Speaking with Birmingham World, a notable UK publication, Knight shared the eagerly awaited update, ensuring that Murphy, who has just clinched his first Academy Award, is set to reprise his iconic role.

The filming is slated to commence in September, in the heart of Digbeth, England, a stone's throw from the original, gritty landscapes that fans have come to associate with the Shelby family saga. Knight, aged 64, didn't hold back in his praise for Murphy, 47, lauding not only his professional excellence but also his sterling qualities as a human being.

"He's brilliant," Knight expressed, elaborating on Murphy's level-headedness and straightforwardness that have become hallmarks of his leadership on set.

Shelby Ascendancy Unveiled

"Peaky Blinders," set in the tumultuous post-World War I era in Birmingham, England, traces the ascension of the Shelby family through the ranks of the city's criminal underworld.

Spanning six riveting seasons from 2013 to 2022, the series saw Murphy embody Tommy Shelby, the enigmatic and driven leader of the Peaky Blinders. The ensemble cast also featured the likes of Helen McCrory, Tom Hardy, and Anya Taylor-Joy, contributing to the show's allure and critical acclaim.

Knight had previously hinted at the development of a Peaky Blinders movie, in 2021, he envisioned a story to Variety with a definitive beginning, middle, and end, aiming to offer a satisfying closure to the epic journey fans have embarked on over the years.In December 2023, Knight provided a tantalizing update, indicating a mid-next-year start date for filming, further stoking anticipation for the cinematic venture.

Murphy's Oscar win for his role as J. Robert Oppenheimer, dubbed the father of the atomic bomb, in Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer," marked a pinnacle in his career. The film itself garnered multiple accolades, including Best Picture and Best Director for Nolan.

In his heartfelt acceptance speech, Murphy extended his gratitude to Nolan, his fellow nominees, and the cast and crew of "Oppenheimer," highlighting the collaborative spirit that propelled him to victory.