The Luther actor will executive produce Guerrilla, a six-episode limited series directed, written, and co-executive produced by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.

The series is described as a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically charged times in the country's history. It will centre on a couple which forms a radical underground cell in London.

Elba will also appear in an unnamed role.

"It's been a long time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr. Ridley, and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and story-telling. TV is in for a treat," Elba said in a statement.

Ridley, who also helms acclaimed anthology drama American Crime, added, "I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris' passion toward bringing this story to life. I share his commitment for populating the culture with driven and complicated people of colour."