Hit BBC show Peaky Blinders finally returned to screens in February and it’s safe to say, we were excited. The arrival of the sixth season felt bittersweet as it was confirmed it would also be the last, however, this may not be the final time we get to see the Shelbys on screen – not the small screen, anyway.
That’s right, there’s going to be a Peaky Blinders film. Steven Knight, the creator of the series, has publicly addressed the upcoming movie and confirmed that ‘the story will continue in another form’ after season six.
Back in January 2021, he told Deadline: ‘Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie. That is what is going to happen.’
While discussing series six on a separate occasion, Steven told the publication: ‘Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the Covid pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher. We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.’
Who will star in the Peaky Blinders film?
The cast list for the Peaky Blinders film is being kept well under wraps for now, but we can expect to see some of the show’s key characters returning for the big screen.
Steven Knight confirmed to Digital Spy that Cillian Murphy, who plays leading man Tommy Shelby, and his on-screen brother Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) would both be starring in the movie project. When asked whether Tommy and Arthur would be a part of the series beyond season 6, Steven said: ‘It’s impossible to say yet. But the film – yes.’
He continued: ‘There are so many people, so many great actors, that we are already, sort of, in conversation with for the film, and for whatever follows. But I think what we want to do is keep surprising people, and keep breaking new talent. Because it’s all out there, and there is a sort of consistency – what we’re doing is finding really good actors from a working-class sort of background, and telling that story. That’s what we’re trying to do.’
Hold your horses, because Tom Holland has also spoken about joining the Peaky Blinders gang. In an interview with LADbible, the Spiderman star revealed: ‘I actually auditioned for Peaky Blinders and I did not get the part.’
Addressing Tom’s comments at the premiere, Steven Knight told PA news agency: ‘It must have been quite a big role he was auditioning for. But if he wants to come back for the film, we’ll have him.’
Tom Holland and Cillian Murphy previously worked together in movie In The Heart Of The Sea, so this could be a great match.
When will it be released?
All we know at the moment is that the film is currently set to start production in 2023, according to reports from Variety. So unfortunately for fans, there’s still some time to wait!