Cillian Murphy to Lead Explosive 'Peaky Blinders' Movie

Netflix unveils plans for a Peaky Blinders feature film.

by Nouman Rasool
Cillian Murphy to Lead Explosive 'Peaky Blinders' Movie
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Thomas Shelby is about to become a big-screen legend when Netflix releases a movie version of the epic series "Peaky Blinders," with Cillian Murphy returning to his iconic role. Promised to be a much-awaited project, it will enthuse all old and new fans, taking the legacy of the Shelbys further in this thrilling narrative in new cinematic formats.

Murphy, speaking with excitement in an announcement, shared his enthusiasm for jumping back into the gritty world of Tommy Shelby: "Seems Tommy wasn't quite done with me." He's not just returning to that role professionally but personally, reuniting with series creator Steven Knight and director Tom Harper.

Tom Harper, who directed many of the pivotal episodes in the show's first season in 2013, is attached to direct this feature. Understanding conceptually where it all began, Harper can't help but remember how unique writing, along with the energy of the performances coming from the cast, was a telltale sign they all had something that would explode into significance: "We did know that there was something in the alchemy of the cast and the writing that felt explosive," he remarked.

This movie is about to go deep into the dynamics of the Shelby family because of their criminal undertakings post-World War I.

Cast Secrecy Heightens

While the ensemble cast has included stars like Joe Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Paul Anderson, their return comes with a shroud of secrecy.

This only raises eyebrows and amps fans for the movie's release. Also co-written and produced by Knight, the screenplay promises an unbridled Peaky Blinders at war. "This will be an explosive chapter in the Peaky Blinders story.

No holds barred," he assures, setting high expectations for a film that hopes to equal the boldness and rawness of the series. Murphy had been more upfront a year earlier in an interview with Rolling Stone, wherein he said he would love to come back if more story called for it.

He said, "If there's more story there, I'd love to do it," underlining that another tale needs to be in place for another insight into the complex world of Tommy Shelby. Fans feel his commitment to the role and the series in the best way he can keep the storyline true to what many have grown to love after six seasons.

As work on the film continues, anticipation is rising for what should be a compelling addition to the Peaky Blinders saga, with the usual heady mix of thrill from the Shelby family's audaciousness and the promise of new adventures that lie in wait on Netflix.