John Ridley and Idris Elba reunite for Showtime’s upcoming British civil rights period drama.

By Tony Sokol

Citizen or visitor, if you stand up for what’s yours, they treat you like a criminal. The first trailer was released for John Ridley’s limited series Guerilla, a U.K.-based 1970s civil rights drama with a love story at its center. The series stars Idris Elba and will run on Showtime and Sky networks.

Here is the first-look trailer:

Guerrilla is “a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically explosive times in U.K. history,” according to its official synopsis.

“It tells the story of a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London. Their ultimate target becomes the Black Power Desk, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.”

“We’re excited to partner with our friends at Sky to bring a fascinating and unexplored story spearheaded by John and Idris, two major creative talents at the top of their game,” said David Nevins, president and chief executive officer, Showtime Networks Inc. “‘Guerrilla’ will surely keep our audience at their edge of their seats.”

“It’s been a long time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr. Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and story-telling,” Elba said in a statement. “TV is in for a treat.”

“I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris’s passion toward bringing this story to life,” Ridley said in a statement. “I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of color, and believe we have great partners on the producorial level, and with our broadcasters Sky Atlantic and Showtime.”

Elba has been nominated for four Emmys. He starred on The Wire and Luther. His work on the Netflix feature film Beasts of No Nation from last year got him nominated for a Golden Globe award.  His upcoming movies include Star trek: Beyond and The Dark Tower.

Guerilla is co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature.

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