Cillian Murphy, the iconic face of the hit series “Peaky Blinders,” has dealt a blow to fans eagerly awaiting news of a movie continuation. While discussions of a cinematic adaptation ignited immediately following the conclusion of the show’s sixth and final season, Murphy, who portrayed the enigmatic Tommy Shelby, has now dampened expectations of a swift transition to the silver screen.
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Despite the earlier confirmation from Peaky Blinders showrunner Steven Knight that a movie was in progress, Murphy expressed reservations during a conversation with Rolling Stone, asserting, “If there’s more story there, I’d love to do it, but it has to be right.” The acclaimed drama, originally broadcast on the BBC in the UK and later distributed globally by Netflix, garnered widespread critical acclaim, boasting an impressive 93 percent average score on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The exceptional standard set by the TV series is one of the reasons behind Murphy’s hesitation, as he elaborated, “Steve Knight wrote 36 hours of television, and we left on such a high. I’m really proud of that last series. So, it would have to feel legitimate and justified to do more.”
Murphy’s recent statements stand in stark contrast to previous reports and Knight’s comments in July 2022, where he indicated that a script for the film was nearing completion. Speaking on the Heart Breakfast show, Knight had declared, “Yes, I’m writing it right now. I’m nearly done writing it, and we’re going to shoot it… I’m setting up some film and television studios in Digbeth in Birmingham.” He also mentioned the significance of shooting in Digbeth and Small Heath, the historical stomping grounds of the Peaky Blinders gang. Knight optimistically added, “I’m hoping that we’ll be shooting in… within 18 months.” However, since those remarks, Knight has been enlisted to pen a Star Wars installment centered around Daisy Ridley’s Rey, possibly diverting his focus elsewhere.
Murphy Heads Back to the Big Screen This Summer for Oppenheimer
While the prospect of a Peaky Blinders movie remains uncertain, fans of Cillian Murphy can anticipate his return to the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film, “Oppenheimer.” Murphy, a longstanding collaborator with Nolan, is set to portray J. Robert Oppenheimer, the renowned theoretical physicist who oversaw the Manhattan Project during the development of the atomic bomb. Sharing the screen with an illustrious cast including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, and more, Murphy’s involvement promises to make “Oppenheimer” a cinematic event worth waiting for.