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Cillian Murphy Confirmed to Return for Peaky Blinders Movie

Series creator Steven Knight has confirmed that star Cillian Murphy will return as Thomas Shelby for the Peaky Blinders movie. What’s more, Knight signaled a fall start for the production.

Knight dropped the news while speaking to BirminghamWorld at the premiere of his new BBC series, This Town. “He is definitely returning for it,” the screenwriter said of Murphy. “We’re shooting it in September just down the road in Digbeth.”

Earlier this month, Murphy expressed his desire to reprise his role as the captivating crime boss. “I have always said that if Knight delivers a script that I know he can deliver, because he is such a phenomenal writer, I’ll be there,” the recent Oscar winner told the Irish Star.

It seems Knight has indeed delivered the script, and Murphy will indeed be there. Knight has had plans for a Peaky Blinders film since before the sixth and final season premiered. In an oral history of the series for Esquire, he said the “new generation” appearing in Season 6 “are going to be part of what happens in [the] film” — and potentially any future continuation of the story.

“The film, I know exactly what it’s about. And I know what two stories it’s going to tell,” Knight said. “How the story will unfold, I don’t know. What will happen after that, I want that to depend on the film. For all we know somebody is going to pop out – I think I know who it’s going to be.”

Debuting in early 2022, Peaky Blinders Season 6 was set in 1933, before the onset of World War II that has long been planed as the endpoint of the story. Where exactly the film will pick up is unknown, but so long as it’s Thomas Shelby leading fans towards that final air-raid siren, we’re surely along for the ride.

Meanwhile, Netflix is reportedly working on two spin-off series. One would be a prequel focused on a young Polly Gray (Helen McCrory in the original series), and the other would be set in Boston as the Shelby clan moves its operations overseas.

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