Filming begins on new Apple TV+ project starring Idris Elba in Aylesbury

Filming began on Monday (9 May), on a limited series starring Idris Elba which is an Apple TV+ production.

By James Lowson
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 1:24 pm
Updated Friday, 13th May 2022, 9:09 am

Elba, 49, who is consistently championed as the next James Bond, is filming a new show called, Hijack.

Filming has started on the Elba-led project at the Symmetry Park studio in Aston Clinton.

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Idris Elba at the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 premiere in California last month. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

KFTV first broke, the news on Monday, filming in Aylesbury is scheduled for the next six months.

Apple describes the new television show as a real time thriller, England’s Hollywood star will play the role of an accomplished negotiator.

Called Sam Nelson, the Luther actor’s character’s life will be thrown into chaos as he must survive on board a hijacked plane.

Nelson has to survive on board his seven-hour flight back to London, he’ll need all the acumen gained in his real-world job to uncover who is behind the hijacking.

Currently no other cast members have been announced for Apple’s latest television production.

Elba has been starring in major Hollywood films for over a decade and also serves as an executive producer on the new thriller.

The series is written by George Kay, he created last year’s Netflix hit, Lupin, and has several writing credits on other crime thrillers that were produced for television.

Other confirmed executive producers, who will work alongside Elba are: Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier.

Apple announced last month that the show will be produced by 60Forty Films and Idiotlamp Productions in association with Green Door.

Apple TV+ is finally hitting its stride as an entertainment service.

It has exclusive streaming rights to this year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, CODA, which was also an Apple Original film.

Recently it has aired the critically-acclaimed Ben Stiller creation, Severance starring Adam Scott.

The technology behemoths are also promoting new shows in the thriller genre set for release at a similar date, a second season of, Shining Girls, which is based on a best selling novel, and stars television acting royalty, Elisabeth Moss.

And, Disclaimer, a new psychological thriller series from multi-Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor Alfonso Cuarón.