Peaky Blinders movie: Who could star alongside Cillian Murphy & everything we know

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Here's everything we know about the upcoming Peaky Blinders movie after Steven Knight confirmed that Cillian Murphy will be starring and filming will take place in Birmingham

With Cillian Murphy set to return as Tommy Shelby in the new Peaky Blinders film, we’ve decided to take a look at everything we know so far about the upcoming movie - including who else could be in it.

The final series of the BBC show aired from February to April 2022 after a gap of almost three years, following delays caused by the pandemic and the death of one of the show’s main cast, Helen McCrory, who played Aunt Polly.

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The Peaky Blinders movie is due to start filming in Digbeth in Birmingham this autumn, and Steven Knight, the show’s creator, exclusively revealed to us last week that Murphy is set to reprise his iconic role as the Birmingham gang leader as the Shelby’s hit the big screen. 

But who will join the Oscar-winner for the film and when could it be released? Here’s everything we know so far.

When will filming start and when will the Peaky Blinders movie be released in cinemas?

During the premiere for his new BBC show This Town, Knight told us that filming of the Peaky Blinders movie will begin in September 2024 at his Digbeth Loc Studios.

The Steven Knight-founded multimillion-pound TV and film studio opened last year and part of This Town was filmed at the studio. So, with filming set to begin in just six months time, a potential release for the movie in cinemas could well be on the cards for 2025.

What will the film be about?

Warning: spoilers

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In the series finale, which aired in April 2022, Tommy Shelby spends much of the final episode preparing for death following a tuberculoma diagnosis. After tying up some loose ends, Tommy retires, bidding goodbye to his loved ones, but he then receives a message from his deceased daughter Ruby, providing him with some clarity.

It’s then revealed that tuberculoma diagnosis was actually a ploy orchestrated by fascist Oswald Moseley with the help of Dr Holford. Despite finding out about the scam, Tommy decides to spare the doctor’s life, and eventually leaves on his white horse, preparing for a new life - leaving the door open for his return in the movie.

Previously, Knight touched on the plot for the movie, revealing plans for the film to be set during the second World War. He said: “Peaky – in this incarnation – comes to an end,” Knight said about series six. “But we’re doing a film which will also carry on the family and the stories into the Second World War.”

In a previous interview with Esquire, he added: “The film, I know exactly what it’s about. And I know what two stories it’s going to tell. How the story will unfold, I don’t know. What will happen after that, I want that to depend on the film. For all we know somebody is going to pop out – I think I know who it’s going to be.”

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Anderson's character Arthur Shelby, struggled with drug addiction in the BBC show Peaky BlindersAnderson's character Arthur Shelby, struggled with drug addiction in the BBC show Peaky Blinders
Anderson's character Arthur Shelby, struggled with drug addiction in the BBC show Peaky Blinders | BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky

Who could return to star in the Peaky Blinders movie alongside Cillian Murphy?

During our interview with Knight at the This Town premiere, he also hinted at who will be in the movie, saying: “In series six we’re bringing in the new generation, and they are going to be part of what happens in the film. I think it’s finding those actors that you just watch and you think, there you go. There’s the future.”

Liverpudlian actor Stephen Graham made his Peaky Blinders debut in series 6, as did Amber Anderson who plays Lady Diana Mitford, and James Frecheville who starred as Jack Nelson - meaning all three could feature in the film based on Knight’s comments.

It's unclear whether Paul Anderson, who play's Tommy's brother Arthur, will return for the movie.

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What A-listers could star in the film?

According to the latest odds from LuckyBlock.com, Cillian’s fellow Irish actor Barry Keoghan is one of the favourites to star in the movie. Brad Pitt, who had actually asked Knight to be cast in the series previously, is also one of the favourites. You can see the latest odds below:

  • Barry Keoghan 7/4
  • Brad Pitt 5/2 (According to show creator, requested to be cast)
  • Colin Farrell 3/1
  • Robert Sheehan 3/1
  • Colm Meaney 7/2
  • Jude Law 9/2
  • Paul Mescal 5/1
  • Tom Holland 5/1
  • Saiorse Ronan 13/2
  • Martin Freeman 7/1
  • Kerry Condon 8/1
  • Robert Pattinson 8/1
  • Jamie Dornan 9/1
  • Gary Oldman 10/1
  • Henry Cavill 10/1
  • Brendan Gleeson 12/1
  • Hugh Grant 14/1
  • Carey Mulligan 16/1
  • James McAvoy 20/1
  • Snoop Dogg 20/1 (According to show creator, requested to be cast)
  • A$ap Rocky 25/1 (According to show creator, requested to be cast)

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