Idris Elba is about to trade-in his murder detective get-up on Luther to star in the "currently untitled" remake of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.
Published in 1831, the story follows Quasimodo, a hunchback who falls wholeheartedly in love with "a gypsy", Esmeralda. It was famously turned into a Disney animated film in 1996.
Elba will play Quasimodo. His production company Green Door will be behind the effort – and he also plans to produce music for the movie, which Netflix describes as a "sonic and musical experience".
The script will be written by Michael Mitnick (The Current War) and co-produced by Fred Berger (La La Land), Ana Garanito (Green Door) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special).
In a post on their official Twitter account, Netflix said: "The film is currently untitled but I'm strongly suggesting 'Hunchback of Notre DAAAAAMN'."
Idris Elba will star, direct and produce in a modern retelling of Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” for @Netflix.— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) May 23, 2018
The film is currently untitled but I'm strongly suggesting "Hunchback of Notre DAAAAAMN" pic.twitter.com/8KZ4YBfU8Z
Elba made his directorial debut at Sundance earlier this year with the film 'Yardie', described by Variety as a "British gangland thriller" with a "Caribbean-accented makeover."
But he is perhaps best known as detective John Luther in the BBC crime drama, or for his roles in The Wire, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Avengers: Infinity War, Beasts Of No Nation and Molly's Game.
Last weekend, he is also said to have performed a DJ set for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their royal wedding after-party.