Luther creator reveals The Fallen Sun change suggested by Netflix

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Luther creator Neil Cross has revealed that Netflix suggested a change for The Fallen Sun.

The continuation to the BBC television series was released on the streaming service earlier this month, and Cross revealed that the choice to have a male victim in the film was suggested by bosses at the company.

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“It’s been mentioned before that people are uncomfortable with the victimisation of women in Luther – not unfairly,” he told The Independent. “For reasons I fear to interrogate too deeply, the female victims resonate and scare more deeply.

“There was a defiant part of me in the first draft of this, which was, ‘Oh f*** it – the victim is going to be a woman because that’s more frightening.’ And that’s the one moment where Netflix said, ‘Do you want to think about this a bit?’ I worried that it might be [less scary]. But actually, they were right,” he explained.

The film comes four years after the fifth series of the show, with Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis joining the cast. Despite the new additions, one notable absentee is Ruth Wilson, who played Alice Morgan on the show.

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Speaking about her absence, Cross said: “I think fan-service is a sugar high. And I think it's very tempting for any filmmaker, any writer to do. Also, I think it would be discourteous to the new audience, who see something which they know means something but they don't know what it is.

“If we're going to introduce a new audience to our central character, how many of those incredible satellites do you want to put into the story?” added director Jamie Payne. “I think that does apply to Alice, who is such an incredible story companion, in so many ways, to the Luther series.”

Luther: The Fallen Sun is available to watch now on Netflix.

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