Peaky Blinders movie greenlit: Cillian Murphy set to return, production begins in September

    The eagerly anticipated Peaky Blinders movie is officially in the works, with Cillian Murphy reprising his iconic role.

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    Fresh off his debut Oscar win for Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy is confirmed to return in the lead role for the BBC/Netflix's Peaky Blinders follow-up film. Production is slated to begin in September, as announced by series creator Steven Knight.

    Knight shared the news during a conversation with Birmingham World at the premiere of The Town, his latest drama series for the BBC. He confirmed Murphy's involvement in the project and revealed that production is set to begin in September.

    The Evolution of Peaky Blinders

    Originally broadcast on BBC Two before transitioning to BBC One and later Netflix, "Peaky Blinders" soared in popularity. The series derives its name from the Birmingham gang it portrays, detailing their post-World War I exploits. Cillian Murphy captivated audiences as gang leader Tommy Shelby throughout the show's six-season run from 2013 to 2022.

    Over the years, and even more recently, Murphy has remained steadfast in his openness to return for a "Peaky Blinders" film if the script aligned with his vision. Knight has echoed this sentiment, expressing his own enthusiasm and determination to bring such a project to fruition.

    From Shelby to Oscar-Winner

    While Shelby may have been Murphy’s most iconic role in the past, he is now basking in the success of Christopher Nolan’s historical epic Oppenheimer, where he portrays the theoretical physicist responsible for the atomic bomb. His stellar performance in the ensemble drama earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and numerous other accolades.

    Emerging as one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, Murphy's latest film, the Irish drama "Small Things Like These," produced by Artists Equity and created by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim in February.