Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs, Looper) and JJ Feild (Turn, The Romanoffs) have joined Idris Elba’s new Netflix series, Turn Up Charlie.
The eight-part comedy is co-created and executive-produced by the Luther star, who also plays the lead role of Charlie. A struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, he is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.
Perabo will play Sara, a super star DJ, feminist icon and vivacious trendsetter, who has chosen to abandon the chaotic and exciting life she lived in America, to put roots down in London in an attempt to give her badly behaved daughter more stability and normality.
Feild will play David, a charming and charismatic Hollywood actor, adored by both fans and friends. A North London boy done good, David is ambitious and hardworking, but his return to his hometown brings new opportunities and uncertainties in equal measure.
The trio will also be joined by newcomer Frankie Hervey as Gabrielle. Spoiled and savvy, she is wise beyond her years. Neglected by her career driven parents, Gabrielle pushes the boundaries – and the sanity of her nannies – to the extreme, in order to get her mum and dad’s attention. Her spiky retorts, mischievous adventures and epic tantrums hide a lonely young girl with a distorted view of reality.
The series went into production earlier this month in London.
Turn Up Charlie: Idris Elba to star in Netflix comedy series
18th April 2018
Idris Elba is heading to Netflix for a new comedy series, Turn Up Charlie.
Co-created by Elba and television producer Gary Reich, the series will star the Luther actor as Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.
Elba and Reich will exec-produce alongside Tristram Shapeero, with Martin Joyce, Ana Garanito on Co-Executive Producer duties. Georgia Lester will be a Supervising Producer as well as a writer, in collaboration with Laura Neal, Femi Oyeniran and Victoria Asare-Archer. Shapeero will direct the comedy alongside Matt Lipsey.
Co-produced by Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Green Door Pictures, the series has been given an eight-episode order by Netflix.
The series was announced at an event in Rome today, with Netflix reinforcing its commitment to European and UK productions. Shows such as Dark (Germany), Suburra (Italy), Las Chicas del Cable (Spain) and Black Mirror (UK) have proved that Netflix’s content has the ability to resonate with consumers locally and globally. For instance, Dark, which debuted last December, generated unexpected fandom in countries such as Chile, Bangladesh and Canada, and, for every hour watched in Germany, nine hours were watched internationally.
Turn Up Charlie is one of 10 new European projects unveiled today, including seven series – Netflix’s first Dutch original (Netherlands), Mortel (France), The Wave (Germany), Luna Nera (Italy), La Casa de Papel Part 3 (Spain), The English Game (UK) – a French docu-series and The Staircase (French production shot in the US), and the streaming giant’s first Italian movie, Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti.
“With over 100 European projects launching this year, we are committed to being a voice for European entertainment, giving passionate local content creators a worldwide platform to share their vision, and offering consumers around the world unique and diverse stories they can discover and enjoy, anywhere, anytime and at the same time, no matter their place or language of origin. And this is just the beginning of our journey,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix.
Production on the project begins this May in the UK.