Netflix announced Wednesday that the former “Luther” actor will star in and executive produce a new original comedy series, “Turn Up Charlie,” for the streaming service.
Elba will play a struggling DJ and “eternal bachelor” who takes a job as a “manny” for his famous best friend’s “problem-child daughter.” Netflix has given the show a straight-to-series eight-episode order.
“I’m funny,” Elba said. “Watch me work. Well done, Netflix, for recognizing a brother.”
Elba, 45, worked as a DJ when he was a teenager and did gigs with his uncle at African weddings.
“D.J.-ing was the way I really made my money as a young actor,” Elba told Vulture in 2012. “Even when I got to go to the States. I brought my records because I couldn’t afford to just sit around waiting for auditions all day.”