THE CREATOR of BBC drama Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight, has confirmed there will be a spin-off film featuring familiar faces and new cast members.
The Bafta-nominated show, starring Cillian Murphy, ran for six series from 2013 to 2022.
"I can tell you that there's going to be a film, a feature film," he told Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Zoe Hardman.
When asked if the film was definitely confirmed, Birmingham-born Knight replied: "Yep, by me, right now."
He said that he was currently writing the film, and that he was nearly finished it.
"I’m setting up some film and television studios in Digbeth in Birmingham," Knight said.
The original series, which was first broadcast on BBC Two before moving to BBC One following its success, was filmed in Birmingham, as well as in areas of Bradford, Dudley, Leeds and Liverpool.
When asked about the casting of the upcoming film, Knight revealed there will be some familiar faces returning "and some new faces that will hopefully be quite surprising".
Cillian Murphy played the infamous Tommy Shelby – the head of the Peaky Blinders – while other Shelby family members and senior members of the gang included Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby and Joe Cole as John Shelby. Helen McCrory starred as the family’s no-nonsense matriarch Elizabeth "Polly" Gray, up until her death from breast cancer in April 2021 at the age of 52.
Tom Hardy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Claflin and Adrien Brody also featured.
Knight also shared the expected timeline for the film, telling the radio show: "I’m hoping that we’ll be shooting in… within 18 months.
"And then obviously we put it together. I mean it will depend on the distributors and things when it goes out.
"But I’m just really looking forward to having a Peaky event where people can watch it communally.
"I mean, the social media community is so strong and people talk to each other. But to actually be together physically will be really interesting."