Not many actors working today are as loved and respected as Idris Elba. He landed on most people’s radars back in 2002 playing the criminal mastermind Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire. Critics and fans alike consider The Wire one of the best TV series of all time, and scores of great actors never recovered from being typecast in such iconic roles. But not Elba. His popularity has snowballed in the years since.
Elba has the looks, the charisma, and the acting chops, to pull off any type of role. So, nobody – save for the trolls – complains when his name appears in casting conversations; he has been considered for everything from James Bond to Batman. But there’s an aspect of his personality that many fans don’t get to see. Elba may be a world-famous actor, but he’s also a musician. He sings, he raps, and he’s an accomplished DJ. If you’re an Elba fan and you haven’t seen this… thank me later.
The bright people over at Netflix made the smart decision to merge Elba’s acting and musical talents. The result is an eight-episode comedy series called Turn Up Charlie. Take a look.
Based on the trailer, the show fits into the same “dramedy” genre as shows like SMILF. The foul language and raunchy jokes come fast and often, but they’re underscored by the series’ big sentimental heart.
Call me an easy mark, but I watched this trailer through a thirsty pair of binge-goggles. I need this series to show up in my Netflix queue Stat! I already get the sense that eight episodes of Turn Up Charlie won’t be nearly enough time spent in this odd corner of Netflix’s streaming library.
Turn Up Charlie synopsis:
Turn Up Charlie centers on the titular Charlie (Idris Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey). Piper Perabo and JJ Feild co-star.
All eight episodes of Turn Up Charlie Season 1 will premiere on Netflix globally March 15.